Americas EHS Service

North America

North America is one of the most regulated regions in terms of EHS, with very detailed and prescriptive requirements.  At the same time, the requirements have been codified to a great extend, making it easier to find back what one has to comply with.  Also typical for North America is the tough enforcement practice, with huge fines and high civil liability exposure.

Enhesa operates throughout North America and covers both the national requirements as well as the state/provincial requirements.

Latin America

Latin America has dynamically changed during the last decade. Government policies in various countries has increased institutional stability of the Ministries or government bodies involved in environment, health and safety issues. Two main trends have become evident in Latin American countries: first, a movement towards deregulation and simplification of procedures concerning permits, licences, fees, taxes and reports; and secondly, a traditional perspective reinforcing the powers granted to the national regulatory bodies, resulting in more specific EHS regulatory instruments.

The improvement of commercial activity in various Latin American countries (e.g. Brazil, Chile, Venezuela) during the last ten years has exposed this region to regulatory frameworks from other jurisdictions (e.g. USA, EU, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, etc.). In many cases, important foreign rules and standards have been willingly adopted or emulated, thus increasing the common understanding of EHS issues between Latin America and other regions of the world. In addition, economic integration processes and trade agreements such as MERCOSUR and the Andean Pact have had a large influence in EHS regulatory developments in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Colombia.

Caribbean Region

The diversity of EHS regulatory frameworks and policies within the Caribbean Region has been determined by the legal background regulating their national and international affairs. The mosaic of countries in this region includes countries with a common law framework (e.g. Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica) and countries following the civil law tradition (e.g. Dominican Republic). In addition, various countries have established a politically close relationship with the USA (e.g. Puerto Rico is an independent associate state, the US Virgin Islands follows both national and US rules concerning environmental issues), a fact that is reflected in the EHS regulatory frameworks found in these specific countries.

Due to their geographical location, Caribbean countries rely heavily on their natural resources and internal human capital. However, unemployment remains a paramount issue within all the countries in this region. During the last decade numerous countries in the Caribbean Region have been launched into the international arena through a series of bilateral or multilateral commercial agreements. This has resulted in an increased attention being paid to sustainable development and labour protection requirements as the countries in question seek to fulfil the expectations and standards of their commercial counterparts (e.g. Caribbean Community - CARICOM).