Using Your EHS Professionals as EHS Auditors?
Many organizations are using their internal EHS professionals as part of their EHS Auditing Team.
That can be a great strategy – in many ways. For example,
- Your EHS professionals are familiar with the goals and objectives of your EHS auditing process
- They have knowledge of the EHS issues and challenges that exist in your organization
- Using internal resources as EHS auditors at facilities other than those they have responsibility for can foster wider knowledge and communication within your team
- Using internal resources can be a cost effective way to manage your EHS audit program
You know your EHS professionals have outstanding skills and knowledge about EHS regulatory requirements. But,
Do your EHS Professionals have EHS Auditing Skills?
Being a good EHS Auditor requires more than just knowledge of EHS regulatory requirements. As the premier professional organization for EHS auditors, the Auditing Roundtable has been providing leading-edge training for auditors of EHS compliance and management systems for over 10 years. Based on the collective knowledge and experience of auditors who have conducted hundreds of EHS audits, the Roundtable has developed highly effective training courses designed to turn EHS Professionals into EHS Auditors.
Our Auditing Skills course is all about how to be an effective auditor. Using hands-on exercises, the course is focused on building the essential skills that are needed to supplement your knowledge of EHS Compliance and Management Systems requirements. Key areas of skills covered include:
- Review of the ethics and standards of conduct for EHS auditors
- Understanding the Auditor Competency Framework, including auditor independence and conflict of interest issues
- Pre-audit preparations that can make the on-site audit more productive and effective
- How to develop objective and defensible audit evidence
- How to effectively review programs and records, using statistical sampling techniques
- How to effectively use interviews to develop audit evidence
- How to use field observations as a basis for further investigation
- How to write effective findings (and avoid common mistakes)
- How to work as an effective member of the audit team
These and other key auditor skills are covered and re-enforced by applying adult learning techniques such as role-play, process feedback and group activities.
We encourage the customization of the materials to reflect and support your audit approach and tools. For example, where we normally cover the subject of audit program design, the course can be modified to cover your audit program and process, including the tools your organization uses to conduct audits. The courses can range in length from one to two days, depending on the scope of subjects covered. The Auditing Roundtable has experience in distance course delivery, using commonly used software tools to allow group collaboration from anywhere in the world.
And, if you have team members who need an update in the details of specific audit areas, the Auditing Roundtable also has developed courses to strengthen auditor skills in a number of technical areas, including:
- Environmental Compliance
- Health and Safety Compliance
- Lead Auditor Training
- Intro and Advanced Process Safety Management