Posts Tagged ‘ audit ’

Environmental Compliance in India through an Auditor’s Lens

May 16th, 2016 | By
Environmental Compliance in India through an Auditor’s Lens

India, counted among the emerging economies of the world is scripting its growth story today. This article is designed as a quick review of some of the most common environmental violations observed in India and reasons for the same. This summary will help business leaders who are working in India to identify and resolve environmental compliance challenges.



An Approach to Calibrating Relative Risks on EHS Audits

Mar 12th, 2016 | By
An Approach to Calibrating Relative Risks on EHS Audits

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber Introduction In recent years there has been considerable discussion of establishing a more risk-based focus on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits. The concern is that audit results had devolved over time and several audit cycles into an inventory
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Key Performance Indicators for EHS Audit Programs

Oct 17th, 2015 | By
Key Performance Indicators for EHS Audit Programs

There continues to be intense discussion in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit community over how to evaluate the performance of audit programs. EHS professionals know that simply tracking the number of audit findings yields little meaningful data. This article evaluates key audit program metrics that could be used to better assess audit program performance.



EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)

Sep 26th, 2015 | By
EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)

Maya Angelou’s wrote, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” In this article, Raymond Kane evaluates the contributions of EHS auditors, who are often unrecognized heroes and she-roes.



Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

May 25th, 2015 | By
Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

We’ve all read self-help books that describe how to deal with difficult people and handle difficult situations in the workplace. In this article, I’d like to examine some of the more difficult people I’ve encountered during environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits and discuss options for handling these folks.   Type One: The Avoider Mantra:
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Challenge Your Audit Process and Improve Safety Performance

Nov 1st, 2013 | By
Challenge Your Audit Process and Improve Safety Performance

Let’s face it; we’ve all been there, facing the impending doom that follows a compliance audit by the “guys from corporate.”  As the audit concludes there is a laundry list of findings that must be addressed.  The facility manager verbalizes his or her commitment to making team-based improvements and getting the issues resolved in a
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Essential Audit Disclaimers

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
Essential Audit Disclaimers

Placing the word “disclaimer” in an audit report sounds like an auditor might not be completely confident that the findings in the report are accurate or reliable. The auditee, upon seeing this word, may believe that they didn’t get their money’s worth if the auditor can’t stand behind his or her work. Nevertheless there are some limitations and conditions that auditors should be clear about when proposing to conduct an audit…



Maximizing the Benefits of Compliance Audits

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Maximizing the Benefits of Compliance Audits

The prospect of your facility undergoing a compliance audit is unlikely to evoke excited anticipation. There are certain things we do – such as going to the dentist or conducting compliance audits – because they benefit us in the long term. Despite often being viewed with dread, an audit is a valuable tool in a
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EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way? Part III

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way?  Part III

On July 11, 2010, an article was published in the EHS Journal titled “EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way?”  That article was followed a year later by a sequel that explored the topic more fully.  The articles elicited numerous thoughtful comments and a lot of general discussion.  The premise of the original articles
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Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

This is the second in a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles providing background and guidance on the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule (DFCM). This article explains key provisions of the final rule and analyzes differences between the proposed and final rules.