Many contractors do not consider their pollution exposures until it’s too late. CERC aims to change that by recognizing contractors who have done their due diligence to avoid environmental problems that can arise from construction projects. Once a contractor has the management practices to avoid pollution events and the insurance to meet the financial responsibility, should one arise, they are awarded the Certified Environmentally Responsible Contractor (CERC) certification.
Contractors who fulfill the two-step verification process are authorized to display CERC certification to endorse their earth-friendly operations and dedication to improve industry standards.
Pollution Prevention Practices
Pollution Prevention Practices were introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the release of toxic and hazardous pollutants to surface waters. Incorporating Pollution Prevention Practices into the daily culture of workers promotes pollution prevention, which in turn helps minimize the risk for a spill or release of hazardous materials to the environment. Pollution Prevention Practices mitigate common environmental, health and safety risks and promote pollution prevention.
Pollution incidents are costly when you factor in cleanup and remediation costs, project delays, business interruption costs, legal costs and reputational damage. Insurance provides coverage for and evidence of the ability to pay for cleanups and third-party damages associated with a release.