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Intended for students who wish to establish & implement audit programs, or to review existing audit programs. You'll acquire knowledge that will enable you to update your audit system to include the generally accepted audit principles & practices.

Course Outline
Internal and external environmental and health and safety audits are now an integral part of corporate and institutional management. Periodic audits of environmental and health and safety systems help to identify weaknesses in prevention strategies which, when rectified, improve environmental practices, worker health and safety, and productivity.
Audits assess the status of an organization’s compliance with applicable ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS). They help organizations ensure that their environmental and occupational health and safety programs are managed consistently and effectively.  They also help to establish “due diligence” should the organization’s practices be questioned by legal authorities. 
This course assists participants who wish to establish and implement audit programs, or to review existing audit programs. You will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable you to update your audit system to include the generally accepted audit principles and practices. (The course will not, however, qualify participants to be ISO-certified auditors.) 
Since audit principles and practices are common to both environmental and occupational health and safety management systems, this course presents an overview of the audit principles followed by audit features, elements, and structure, presenting information on  future trends in environmental and health and safety systems and application of auditing practices.  On the third day, emphasis is placed on the planning and implementation of internal and external audits, with an opportunity to apply learning through a participatory workshop. 

Objective To familiarize participants with the principles and methodology of environmental and health and safety system audits so that they will be able to:
  • Ensure consistent and successful management of environmental and health and safety programs
  • Integrate the management of environmental and health and safety with systems for quality and production
  • Reduce losses
  • Improve bottom line.

Who Should Attend This course will benefit anyone who has responsibilities related to workplace health, safety or environmental programs, and wants to know more about audit standards and practices.  Attendees may include:
• Environmental managers
• Personnel involved in environmental management, monitoring or compliance
• Senior plant and line managers, including facility managers, operations managers
• Health and safety and loss prevention managers
• Safety engineers, 
• Consultants who want to understand the inter-relationships among investigation and enforcement activities, environmental management systems (ISO 1400 Series), environmental compliance audits and the defence of “due diligence”
• Occupational hygienists
• Attorneys
• Insurance surveyors
• Occupational health nurses and physicians
• Members of health and safety and environmental committees
• Occupational health and safety inspectors and environmental regulatory personnel, and other professionals in this field of endeavour.

Program Outline Day I
Registration And Continental Breakfast

Welcome, Introductions And Overview Of The Course

Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14000 Series)
• An overview of the ISO 14000 EMS and audit
• Environmental compliance audits versus ISO 14000 audits

Refreshments and Networking

Establishing “Due Diligence”

• Defining “Due Diligence”
• Training requirements
• Standard operating procedures
• Environmental monitoring requirements
• Record keeping and retention

Audit Principles And Procedures

• Internal versus external audits
• Auditor qualifications
• Principles of environmental and health and safety auditing
• Record reviews
• Performance indicators: how do you ensure this isn’t just a paper exercise?
• Interviews
• Inspections


Elements Of Environmental And Health And Safety Audits
• Interviews and rating
• Preparing interview questions
• Rating guidelines
• The art of auditing
• Importance of policy, mission and goal statements
• Leadership standards
• Organization standards
• Environmental and health and safety checklists
• Hazard identification elements
• Hazard controls

Ministry Of The Environment (MOE) And Ministry Of Labour
• Inspections And Investigations
• Environmental and Provincial Safety officers’ authority and obligations
• Corporate rights and obligations
• Environmental and health and safety records
• Interviews with Inspectors
• Samples and evidence collection


Day II
Occupational Health And Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)
• Health and safety management systems audits and auditing
• History and current usage in Canada and elsewhere
• Types, nature, form, reasons and scope
• Current developments and future trends
• Current legal and policy directions
• Accreditation
• Performance standards, self-regulation and audits
• Internal standards - their significance
• Developing and using checklists

Refreshments and Networking

Establishing An OHSMS

• The diagnostic process in preparation for an audit
• Analysis of losses
• Analysis of activities
• Analysis of standards in place
• Ethics in auditing
 - code of ethics
 - influence
 - ,credibility
 - objectivity
 - attributes


Monitoring and Reporting
• Performance indicators
• Evaluating audit effectiveness
• Presenting audit report

Refreshments And Networking

Implementing An Audit Program

• The difference between Environmental and Occupational
•  Health and Safety management systems and their audits
• Selecting the auditor(s) based on their competence and personal attributes, ethics, knowledge, and skills
• The steps to establish ISO 14001 or OHSAS 18001 audit programs
• Audit procedures
• Defining program responsibilities, resources and requirements
• Maintaining audit records


Day  III
The Audit Process
• Team selection
• Activities-off site, on site
• Major influences on audit effectiveness
• Role of the operational professional
• Managerial accountability
• Health and safety committee involvement
• Importance of training
• Getting Ready for an Audit
• How to prepare for the on-site audit activities
• Environmental or occupational health and safety documents
  you will need to review
• Are your audit protocols ready?
• Preparation by Audit team
• Establishing contact with site management
• On-site audit activities
• You are an auditor and not a consultant
• Reviewing environmental or occupational health and safety records
• Audit protocols
• Writing working notes
• Communications with the site management during the audit

Refreshments And Networking

On-Site Activities

• Identification of designated responders
• Review of management practices and attitudes
• Consultation with committees
• Access to personnel and facilities
• Conducting interviews
• Taking notes: checklists and recording of observations
• Auditing of inspections and follow-up
• Hazard rating and immediate reporting based on audit findings
• Reports, recommendations for corrective action and follow-up
• When is the audit over and who is responsible for the follow-up action, what are their responsibilities and who should they report to and when


• Planning a walk through inspection
• Formulation of checklists

Reporting And Follow Up

• Pros and cons of scoring rating systems
• Approaches to quantification
• Comparative weighting of questions
• Breadth of coverage
• Closing meeting
• Form and detail of report
• Management summary
• Auditing the report
• Follow-up and frequency of audits

Refreshments And Networking

Case Study Of An Actual Audit
This will be followed by a discussion on the process and any improvements that could be made

Conclusion and Final Adjournment

After Participating in the Course, You will be Able to:
  • Upgrade your operating procedures to incorporate environmental and health and safety monitoring and audit procedures
  • Conduct internal audits to ensure compliance with environmental and occupational health and safety regulations
  • Have a clear idea of what to expect in an inspection/investigation by the Ministry of the  Environment and the Ministry of Labour
  • Establish a framework for “due diligence” defence
  • Apply health and safety standards, regulations and protocols
  • Use your knowledge of the health and safety loss prevention program
  • Implement the health and safety management audit
  • Quantify, report, analyse audit results and take follow up action 

There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule:
8:00    Registration and Coffee (1st day only)
8:30    Session begins
4:30    Adjournment
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEUs/18 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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