A Canadian Company had been manufacturing industrial presses and shears under contract to a Shanghai manufacturing company and was now
proposing to open their own factory site for building products and marketing them to the rapidly growing Asian market.
The Canadian manufacturer had found a plant site in the City of Taicang, 50 km northwest of the City of Shanghai. The Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) provided a package of assistance to the Canadian company through their Industrial Cooperation Program, including
an Environmental and Safety Assessment of the proposed plant and a site investigation to determine if there were any historical environmental
contamination issues associated with the plant as proposed.
New East was hired to provide both environmental and socioeconomic assessments of the project and to ensure that the project met Canadian,
Chinese and International standards for environmental management, impact mitigation and safety procedures.
A pre operational EHS audit was conducted on the site in being developed for the manufacturing plant The purpose of this component of
the audit was to provide a due diligence assessment of the manufacturing plant and site selected for development. This component was intended
to identify issues for the development of the manufacturing operation, and provide input to the planning and development of manufacturing
operations at the site.
The project included an assessment of the development proposal as well as conclusions and recommendations for improvement. The project
included the development of and Environmental and Safety Management Plan to assist the Canadian company during the construction and
implementation phases of the project and to provide a basis for safety and environmental training for Chinese managers, supervisors and
workers at the site. The project resulted in the successful development of a manufacturing plant in Taicang.