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Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Skills

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​This flagship course (previously presented by Auditing Roundtable) focuses on the key foundational and functional competencies auditors need. All course materials are consistent with recognized auditing performance practices and standards from certification organizations such as the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications® (BEAC®) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This training is invaluable for anyone working to obtain certification as a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor® (CPEA®) from BEAC, with applications in many career areas, including health and safety, management systems, and process safety management. While it is not a strict preparatory course with sample BEAC exam questions, the course covers all of the topics typically included in Part 1 of the BEAC certification exam on basic principles of auditing.

This course also serves as an excellent refresher course for those wishing to enhance their EHS auditing skills. Participants typically include new auditors as well as experienced audit professionals. The highly interactive format features team exercises, role playing, and other teaching techniques.

Participants receive a comprehensive take-home manual with all training materials included. A certificate of course completion is provided to each participant. This 1 ½ -day course is worth 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours from BEAC®.

Course Duration: 1.5 day(s)
CPEs Available: 12
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Advance Preparation: 
Delivery Method: On-site Training (Group-Live); Seminar (Group-Live)

Ethics and Standards of Conduct for Auditors

This section will enhance the candidate’s understanding, judgment, and perception of how an auditor should behave and react to ethical situations that can occur in the audit process. Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Conflict of interest
  • Independence of auditors
  • Due professional care
  • Material facts and disclosure
  • Auditor proficiency

Audit Program Design and Planning

This section includes issues related to the design, structure, and key planning elements of EHS audit programs. Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Senior management commitment
  • Scope of audit programs
  • Audit tools
  • Site selection/frequency of audits
  • Quality assurance mechanisms
  • Auditor staffing/training
  • Legal protection/confidentiality of results

Pre-audit Activities

This section explains activities associated with preparing to conduct an EHS audit. (Note: These activities are different from audit program design and planning, which is taught in the previous section). Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Pre-visit questionnaire
  • Regulatory information review
  • Pre-visit facility contact
  • Preparation of audit plan
  • Pre-audit team coordination
  • Selection of audit criteria

On-site Audit Activities

This section relates to the activities auditors typically conduct once on-site to verify compliance with regulatory requirements. Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Opening meeting
  • Orientation tour of facility
  • Records/document review
  • Interviewing
  • Visual inspection
  • Closing meeting
  • Handling sensitive situations
  • Use of working papers

Post-audit Activities

This section relates to those activities that occur after the on-site verification activities are concluded and the auditors leave the facility. Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Writing audit findings and recommendations
  • Corrective action procedures
  • Follow-up/close-out of findings

Internal Controls

This section relates to an auditor’s need to understand the systems and procedures that exist at the audited facility to ensure compliance with regulatory criteria. Training will focus on topics such as:

  • Identification of applicable compliance areas
  • Responsibility/accountability for compliance tasks/functions
  • Training/qualifications of facility staff
  • Availability of compliance procedures
  • Quality assurance mechanisms for compliance

​​Most courses can be delivered through on-site training. You might be surprised that the organization leading the profession is just as committed to the delivery of affordable training.

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