Standards for the Professional Practice of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditing
In accordance with BEAC®'s mission to promote high standards of practice and efforts to be the lead organization for quality certification of environmental, health & safety auditing professionals, the BEAC Board of Directors has officially adopted the Performance and Program STANDARDS for the Professional Practice of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditing (hereafter referred to as "Standards").
The Standards are the result of a tremendous effort of the BEAC Standards Board, which was established in 1998. The BEAC Standards Board studied a number of standards issued by other professional organizations from around the world and concluded that the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing developed by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Standards for the Professional Practice of Environmental Auditing developed by The Auditing Roundtable (AR) were best suited as the references for the development of standards for the BEAC certification programs. Before official adoption, both the General and Performance Standards and Performance Practices were well received in accordance with public comment from a variety of professionals, including representatives from The IIA, AR, and BEAC memberships; law firms; accounting firms; environmental, health, and& safety consultants; and practicing environmental, health & safety auditors in the industry.
The BEAC Standards Board reviewed and updated the Standards beginning in 2007. The revised Standards were exposed for public comment in 2008. The final version was reviewed and endorsed by The IIA and published in 2009.
The BEAC Standards are intended to be a living document. Accordingly, comments and proposals for changes or additions are welcome at any time. Any individual or organization commenting or proposing changes or additions to any of BEAC®'s Standards pronouncements should submit suggestions of this nature to BEAC in writing, directed to the chairman of the BEAC Standards Board.