Companies that manage their risks to be better environmental stewards invest in strong environmental, health and safety management, otherwise known as EHS. Environmental measures involve creating a systematic approach to managing waste, complying with environmental regulations and incorporating sustainability principles. Comprehensive EHS programs also include measures to address ergonomics, air quality, and other aspects of workplace safety that could affect the health and well-being of employees.
Beginning in the 1970s, the United States established two new Federal agencies: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). EPA’s mission is to preserve and protect the environment (air, water, land). OSHA’s mission is to prevent injuries, illness and fatalities in the work place. During the 1970’s and early 1980’s thousands of pages of new regulations were promulgated requiring companies to identify and manage EHS risks and exposures. These regulations placed new planning, design, pollution control, operational, training, recordkeeping and reporting requirements on all companies in all business sectors.
The Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Center is The IIA’s dedicated specialty center built to address the unique needs of the audit profession in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) field. The Center is designed to advance the professional practice of EHS auditing through thought leadership, education, professional guidance, and advocacy.
EHS auditing is a compliance-management tool. Environmental, health and safety auditors perform a comprehensive review of an organization’s compliance activities to evaluate and document the use of adequate systems, competently applied, to measure compliance or liability of the organization. EHS auditors deal with a multitude of regulatory issues. To view a list of these issues visit our
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No, EHS auditors are often a separate function from the Internal Auditors. Their work does identify risks within an organization and is typically considered a second and third line of defense to complement the work of the Internal Audit team.
Yes. The Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC) issues professional certifications and publishes standards related to the practice of environmental, health and safety (EHS) auditing. BEAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Institute of Internal Auditors.
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