Risk-Based Decision Making

Georgia Oilmen’s Services (GOS) practices Risk-Based Decision Making (RBDM) when consulting with our underground storage tank clients. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines RBDM as “a process to make decisions about underground storage tank (UST) release sites based on the risk each poses to human health and the environment.”

Put simply, RBDM enables consulting firms like GOS to provide practical, accurate information to clients who trust us to educate them on the best practices for a leaking UST.

Whether you rely on GOS to perform the needed work or to simply make recommendations, our team utilizes RBDM to provide unbiased information to businesses and organizations.

RBDM allows us to prioritize tasks and highlight issues that carry a high risk with them. As a business owner or manager, that means that you understand what items are critical and which ones can be dealt with at a later time.

Advantages of RBDM

Learn more about the advantages that RBDM offers our clients:

We can classify your sites in order of importance.

Some UST sites may need site-specific corrective action plans with constant oversight, while others may need maintenance that does not require agency management. Through RBDM, our team can assess the level of risk at each site and make that call. A low-risk site may not need an aggressive correction action plan, and RBDM allows for that variance, as permitted by state and federal laws.

We can establish clear, practical clean-up goals.

When it comes to developing a clean-up plan, RBDM allows us to highlight which factors pose the highest level of human or environmental risk. From there, we can outline a plan that addresses those critical items first. If a situation has minimal risk, we can consider less aggressive goals that do not require site-specific data collection. Effectively determining these goals can result in saving money and less interruptions on your job site.

We can determine the necessary level of agency oversight.

Where state and federal laws will allow adjustments to agency oversight, RBDM can permit some sites to have less oversight than those that pose a high risk. Effectively assessing the level of risk at each site allows GOS to accurately determine the level of oversight that is needed to address the problem. Where human health and environmental risk are low, agency oversight and corrective action plan requirements may allow for more flexibility.

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