Third-Party Audits: Taking Preventative Measures Against EHS Regulatory Violations
As an EHS manager, you're familiar with the fact that keeping up with regulatory requirements is exhausting and time-consuming and can be costly if a violation occurs. In order to prevent costly violations, some organizations opt to bring in a consultant to conduct a third-party audit.
There are many benefits to third-party audits such as identifying potential violations. But, most importantly, they allow you to have an unbiased and objective viewpoint. However, unless third-party audits are properly managed, they can create an incriminating paper trail that can be used to substantiate OSHA and MSHA willful violations. Properly used, safety and health audits can also be used as a shield against citations and may even be kept under legal privilege under some circumstances. In addition to the benefits of third-party audits,this presentation will also examine audit “safe harbor” rules as currently utilized by OSHA, MSHA and the EPA.
In this webinar you'll learn:
- Benefits of a third-party audit compared to an in-house audit
- How to decide if a third-party audit is right for your organization
- Common items subject to audits
- Average cost of an outsourced audit and how to decide if it makes sense for you
- Legal privilege issues and potential use of consultants by OSHA as witnesses against employers
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President and Certified Mine Safety Professional
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is an attorney, and nationally recognized expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a multi-attorney firm which represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation.