Shifting Focus and Scope of Audits Addresses New Challenges

Shifting Focus and Scope of Audits Addresses New Challenges

Regulated facilities face numerous environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance challenges. With changes in government enforcement priorities, new regulations, and the advent of developing technologies, meeting these challenges is increasingly difficult. Evolving business climates also pressure regulated entities to think of EHS departments as profit-and-loss centers, impacting the way EHS compliance is delivered, measured, and achieved. Because of all of these factors, the importance of a more comprehensive and ongoing auditing program is essential to delivering compliance in a cost-effective, sustainable way.

I published an article on this topic in the October issue of EHS Today. The article explains how recent regulatory changes and technology developments are impacting the way EHS departments operate and how implementing broader audit programs that assess compliance, organizational structure, and process efficiencies help companies realize a positive return on their auditing investment. Some of the topics covered include identifying goals and objectives, defining expectations collaboratively as stakeholders, and incorporating business process and operational efficiency assessments into a more comprehensive audit. While taking these steps might be more time- and capital-intensive upfront, they can significantly increase the benefits facilities achieve by undertaking an audit. The article also stresses the importance of measuring outcomes.

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You can find the full text of the article here, and can email me at asteinman@woodardcurran.com for further information.

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