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Evaluating Executives’ Commitment to EHS Audit Programs

May 21st, 2016 | By
Evaluating Executives’ Commitment to EHS Audit Programs

Corporate EHS audit programs require a substantial commitment on the part of executive management in order to be successful. Sadly, it is not always the case that senior corporate executives participate actively in EHS audit programs. This article examines the role of executive commitment in EHS audit programs and discusses ways to test whether this involvement is real or not.



The Problems with Many Corporate Audits

Mar 29th, 2016 | By
The Problems with Many Corporate Audits

Many companies have policies in place that specify the frequency of their internal environmental audits. Once a year or every other year, a company does an internal audit or hires external auditors to do it. When a company has a major chemical accident, investigative bodies such as the U.S. Chemical Safety Board looks into the
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U.S. EHS Regulatory Trends in 2016

Jan 31st, 2016 | By
U.S. EHS Regulatory Trends in 2016

Over the past few years there has been much discussion about how companies go about establishing and achieving sustainability and social responsibility objectives. Unless one is careful these initiatives can result in overlooking the need to meet the fundamental objective of regulatory compliance. There is no country where this is more important than the United States where the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulatory burden is substantial and the consequences of non-compliance can be quite severe. In order to merit a “license to operate” in the U.S. it is important to understand clearly and completely the regulatory environment and its requirements…



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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Repeat Versus Recurring Findings in EHS Audits

Mar 31st, 2012 | By
Repeat Versus Recurring Findings in EHS Audits

Many organizations have been conducting environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits for decades now, and as auditors revisit sites on a 2- or 3-year cycle, one of the most frustrating aspects of the audit outcomes is that many of the same or similar findings of noncompliance seem to arise time and time again.  This situation
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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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Audit and Verify on the iPad or iPhone

Jun 4th, 2011 | By
Audit and Verify on the iPad or iPhone

Tablet computers and smartphones are not appropriate work tools for every professional or for every task; it really depends on what you do for a living. For auditors on the go, however, new generations of tablet devices, especially Apple’s iPad and iPhone, are proving to be essential working tools. Savvy auditors find plenty of ways
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Measuring the Success of an EHS Audit Program

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By
Measuring the Success of an EHS Audit Program

EHS audit program managers often ask, “How do I know if my program is working?” This article explores the possible metrics that could be used to determine success or failure. As with most things in life, the answer is not obvious and can be quite complex. Let’s take a look at six common metrics that are often touted as valid measuring sticks



EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way?

Jul 11th, 2010 | By
EHS Audits – Have We Lost Our Way?

The year 2010 has reminded us once again that management of EHS responsibilities can have a substantial impact on people, the environment, and a company’s bottom line. In this article, Lawrence Cahill asks whether the EHS audit profession has lost its way and needs to develop a new approach.