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RECAP: 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange

Nearly 90 auditors gathered at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo., for the third annual Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange, presented by The IIA’s Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Center.

The conference, themed “Turn Risk Into Readiness,” offered versatile, specialized, and relevant EHS training, and networking opportunities with like-minded and action-oriented industry peers. Attendees and presenters shared knowledge and insights on the ever-changing and increasingly complex EHS issues with industry leaders and former regulators.

Key Takeaways

Exchange attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 14.7 CPD/CPE credits (plus the opportunity of earning 16 more with the addition of seminars following the Exchange) as they gained real-world knowledge from expert practitioners who led more than 19 keynote, general, and concurrent sessions, enabling participants to:

  • Learn to identify and manage EHS risks.
  • Understand the full impact of EHS risks.
  • Bring additional value to their organizations.
  • Provide EHS assurance to their organizations.

Keynote Speakers and Topics

Harold Silverman, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, vice president of internal audit with The Wendy's Company, opened the Exchange with his keynote, Turning Risk Into Readiness: The Internal and EHS Audit Partnership, exploring how internal audit functions and EHS auditors can work to collaboratively identify, assess, and help the organization manage the comprehensive list of risks to meet objectives on a day-to-day basis.

The second day kicked off with Looking Ahead at the EPA and Environmental Enforcement – Perspectives From the Former EPA Deputy General Counsel and DOJ Enforcement Chief. Presenter Stacey Mitchell, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, asked how environmental enforcement will be impacted by the changes in leadership and programs at the EPA and Department of Justice.

Additional sessions included:

General Sessions

  • Navigating an Organizational Crisis
  • Finding the First Domino: The Key to Root Cause
  • Transparency in Environmental Reporting: Emerging Risks, Challenges, and Big Data
  • The Place of the Virtual Audit in EHS Performance Evaluation: Panel Discussion
  • Effective Communication: The Universal Language of the Auditor

Concurrent Sessions

  • Transforming EHS Auditing Through Focused Risk Analysis
  • EHS Challenges in a Retail Environment
  • Where's the T in EHS? Managing the Risk of Hazardous Materials Transportation Compliance
  • Trend and Culture Identification Through the Safety Audit Process
  • Construction Activities: Audit Strategies
  • Getting the Truth

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

  • Generational Differences in Audit Approaches: Panel Discussion
  • Risk Right: Perspectives for Retail and Office Space Audits
  • What They Didn’t Teach You in Audit
  • PSM – Process Safety Management
  • Looking Ahead: How Audit Can Identify and Evaluate Enterprise-level Risks
  • Is Climate Change on Your Radar? An Emerging Role for EHS Auditors

Conference Closing Remarks

As the conference came to a close, Sanjay Patel, chief operation officer at the Illinois Power Agency, discussed the importance of Effective Communication: The Universal Language of the Auditor. And finally, Tom McCormick, senior advisor at Stone Turn Group, mapped out Navigating an Organizational Crisis, and Jamie White, CPEA, CESCO, managing consultant at Trinity Consultants followed with Trend and Culture Identification Through the Safety Audit Process.

The Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange once again proved to be THE premier conference for EHS auditing where the attendees gain specialized training to identify and manage EHS risks, bring additional value, and provide assurance to their organization.

To access the full agenda, click here.

Plan now for the 2018 EHS Exchanges:

  • EHS EXCHANGE FORUM, March 15, 2018, Las Vegas, NV – The Aria
  • EHS EXCHANGE, October 3–4, 2018, Renaissance Downtown / Washington, DC

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Jamie White on the Environmental, Health & Safety Exchange


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The IIA will waive the initial application fee for all certifications and qualifications (up to a $300 value): CIA®, CCSA®, CFSA®, CGAP®, CRMA®, CPEA®, CPSA®, and QIAL® for all exchange attendees. This offer is valid until November 30, 2017. To request the application fee waiver, call +1-407-937-1111, or email