Posts Tagged ‘ audit ’

U.S. Conflict Minerals: Background and Proposed Rule

Jan 19th, 2013 | By
U.S. Conflict Minerals: Background and Proposed Rule

This is the first of a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles that provide background and guidance on the final rules for Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals (DFCM) published by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 22, 2012. This article describes the background of the rule and analyzes the proposed rule.



Auditing: 20 Signs of Non-collaboration

Aug 4th, 2012 | By
Auditing: 20 Signs of Non-collaboration

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits are supposed to be a collaborative activity in which independent auditors team up with facility personnel to conduct an objective review of the facility’s programs and procedures. Things usually go as planned, but if you encounter any of the following warning signs, your auditor’s radar should be sounding, “
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Classic Auditor Failures

Jun 30th, 2012 | By
Classic Auditor Failures

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) auditing can be a challenging profession.  It is fraught with ethical and technical dilemmas, the need to stay technically and functionally competent, and the need to have interpersonal skills and attributes that only Moses possessed.  For example, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) auditing guidelines require auditors to be ethical, open-minded,
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Environmental Audits Versus Health and Safety Audits

Mar 6th, 2012 | By
Environmental Audits Versus Health and Safety Audits

The great majority of environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) professionals come from a background that is either primarily environmental in focus or primarily health and safety based.  As the EH&S auditing profession has evolved, companies have integrated environmental topics with health and safety topics (and sometimes with others such as management systems or sustainability) on
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New ISO Standards for Management System Audits and Emergency Response

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By
New ISO Standards for Management System Audits and Emergency Response

In December 2011, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published two standards, an updated edition of ISO 19011, Guidelines for auditing management systems, and a new standard covering emergency management, ISO 22320, Societal security—Emergency management—Requirements for incident response.   ISO 19011:2011 ISO believes that the revision of ISO 19011 will save money, time, and resources
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The Auditor’s Conundrum in Reporting EHS Violations

Aug 28th, 2011 | By
The Auditor’s Conundrum in Reporting EHS Violations

This article discusses the conundrum faced by an environmental auditor who is retained by his client to perform an audit. During the audit, the consultant uncovers certain serious environmental violations that clearly pose imminent harm to the public and the environment. What are this auditor’s duties to report? Case Study Consider this likely scenario. An
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EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way? A Sequel

Aug 13th, 2011 | By
EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way? A Sequel

On July 11, 2010, an article titled “EHS Audits—Have We Lost Our Way?” was published in EHS Journal.[1]  It has since elicited a number of quite thoughtful and extensive comments and much general discussion.  The premise of the article was that perhaps environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit programs have evolved, particularly in the United
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Organizational Benchmarking Study Results

Mar 24th, 2011 | By
Organizational Benchmarking Study Results

A client of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was seeking benchmarking data about the organizational location of the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit function. In particular, the client wanted to know how common it is to have the EHS audit function report to the internal audit department, as opposed to the corporate EHS department. Since
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Statistically Representative Sampling on EH&S Audits: Expectations Established by Third Parties

Jun 21st, 2010 | By
Statistically Representative Sampling on EH&S Audits: Expectations Established by Third Parties

As part of a proposed settlement agreement, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered BP to “audit a statistically significant number of pressure vessels, piping and instrument controls during the company’s PSM compliance audits” at one of its refineries. This article explores the implications of conducting a statistically significant audit sample and reviews the requirements for audit sampling contained in several auditing standards.