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Call for Speakers

2019 Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange

Sept. 16–17
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC

The IIA’s Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Center and its Environmental, Health & Safety Advisory Board are calling on dynamic presenters who can engage their audience and facilitate thought-provoking dialogue at the 2019 Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Exchange this fall.

EHS Exchange is the premier conference dedicated to the development and professional practice of EHS auditing, providing audit professionals with high-quality, specialized training and networking opportunities with industry peers. The conference represents the voice of the EHS profession by creating a national forum to advance ideas, procedures, and interaction among thought leaders and peers.

Topics of interest for EHS Exchange include, but are not limited to:

  • ​Audit program management
    • Control-based vs. risk-based programs
    • Improvements
    • Planning
    • Resources
  • Audit reports – What are the needs of the stakeholder?
  • Audit technology
    • New and emerging trends in auditing tools
    • Future of auditing – How will technology improve the audit process?
    • Virtual audits/drone technology
  • Auditing for EHS risks in food production
  • Best practices for training auditors to perform audits
  • Compliance auditing
    • Gaps vs. regulations and internal controls related to the gaps
    • Relationship between EHS and internal audit
  • Coordinated/combined assurance
  • EHS data analytics — How to defend against the “weaponizing” of publicly available EHS data?
    • Security against data hacks/cybersecurity
    • Steps to take for proactive prevention
    • Leveraging EHS data for auditing purposes
  • ​Emerging issues
    • Auditing cannabis production and processing
    • Auditing risks of cannabis users in the workforce
    • Artificial intelligence issues and trends
  • Enterprise risk management
    • Risk rank environmental factors
    • Key organizational risks for EHS sites
    • Tie-in of ISO 45001 to EHS roles
    • What really drives risk related to EHS audit activities?
  • EHS Risks – What is the consumer’s point of view?
  • Ethics
  • Negotiations
    • Knowing your client and influencing your audience
  • Product life cycles: cradle to grave/cradle to cradle
    • Evaluating against regulatory requirements
    • Green supply chain auditing
    • Requirements for labeling
    • Outskirts of EHS auditing
  • Product stewardship and manufacturing
  • Sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reports
    • What are the risks and how are they audited?
    • Data review for stakeholders
    • Validating data used in sustainability, CSR, and ESG reports

Important Dates:

​Deadline for submission of proposals March 15, 2019
​Proposals reviewed by The IIA and the Environmental, Health & Safety Advisory Board March 18–April 15, 2019
​Invitations issued to selected Speakers ​Week of April 29, 2019
​Notifications emailed to speakers who were not selected ​Week of May 13, 2019

Submissions received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15 will not be considered for the 2019 Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange program.

To ensure the equality of the program, submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A proven track record as a speaker. The proposal form will include space where we encourage you to enter any additional comments, past speaker scores, or speaking references.
  • Include up-to-date data, case studies, and resources.
  • Provide practical strategies (real-world examples), tools, and/or take-home messages for implementation in the practice setting for successful outcomes (emphasize how to, what works, and why).
  • The ability to share leading practices and innovative tactics implemented in your internal audit function.
  • The level of interaction the session will provide the attendees, including Q&A, polling technology, case studies, and takeaway tools.
  • Refrain from sales or self-promotion of products and services.
  • The number of speakers or panelists for one session is limited to a maximum of four participants, including the moderator.
  • Service providers and/or consultants are required to identify a current practitioner with whom they will be co-presenting. It is highly encouraged that service providers include their co-presenter’s information in their submission, as this will be taken into consideration during the review process. If this information is not identified in the submission and the proposal is accepted, the co-presenting practitioner will need to be identified within two weeks after presentation acceptance.

Please review the Speaker Proposal Guidelines document in advance of submitting your proposal. This document outlines all key information needed to ensure your proposal meets our guidelines and requirements, and also includes a sample submission form for reference.

Speaking at EHS Exchange is a volunteer opportunity. Compensation for speaking fees and travel is not provided unless otherwise indicated. If you will need assistance with travel, please indicate that in your submission. All speakers receive a full complimentary, non-transferrable registration for the Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange.

Access the proposal submission portal and review additional instructions for submission.


If you have questions regarding the 2019 Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange Call for Speakers or have technical difficulties with the proposal submission form, please email for assistance.