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Auditing of Health & Safety Programs

Upcoming Courses

Objective

To provide a comprehensive review of audit procedures, including guidelines for audit plans, audit reports and necessary meetings; to train participants in the internal auditing skills and techniques.

Description

With new ideas/legislation in health and safety arising at a fast and furious pace, the most crucial step to maintaining an acceptable health and safety environment, is to have properly trained people within the organization to perform and lead the internal health and safety auditing program. This course provides a pragmatic approach to health and safety auditing. Participants will acquire the skills to conduct a facility or operation specific health and safety audit, and to measure compliance with health and safety procedures and regulations. This course applies to all industries and prepares participants to audit and evaluate compliance to the current legislation and standards. The course covers the theories, practices of auditing and will develop familiarity with the concepts of health and safety management, reviews, policy objectives, targets, management program and documentation using interactive lectures, workshops, discussions and case studies.

Who should attend

Health and safety professionals, facilities auditors, safety and environmental managers, plant and/or project engineers/managers, operation managers, senior supervisors, senior superintendents and other personnel who want to be involved in auditing and/or responsible for effective auditing administration.

How you will benefit

  • Understand the auditing process;
  • Learn internal auditing skills that will help your organization to meet the current health and safety legislation and regulations;
  • Discover how a health and safety audit can increase the performance, competitiveness and the profitability of your organization;
  • Participate in practical hand-on exercises that will help you gain a solid understanding of the auditing concepts involved;
  • Gain a thorough and practical understanding of the auditing concepts and learn how to prepare for conducting audits;
  • Learn how to execute audit, audit planning, audit reporting including documentation;
  • Learn the importance of auditor's working papers, field reports,non-conformity reports and how to prepare for exit meeting; and
  • Learn how to address the health and safety practices you already have and how to successfully implement change when required;

Course material

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Program outline

Day 1

INTRODUCTION TO AUDITING
Management Expectations
Health & Safety - A Management Tool?
Health & Safety Auditing - A Management Tool?
Audit Protocols
Audit Definition
Purpose of Audits
            
QUALIFICATION OF AUDITORS
Certification of Auditors
Basic Qualification Requirements
Auditor Training
Auditor Attributes
Undesirable Traits

ANNUAL AUDIT SCHEDULE
Planning Audits
Scheduling Audits
Approval and Issue of the Annual Audit Schedule
Revision to Annual Audit Schedule

WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE
Safe Staffing Levels
Adequate Supervision
Safety of the Contractors and their Workers
What Employers Can Do
Off-site/Home Office Safety
An example - Telework Project

STANDARDS
Discussion
Standards and Codes
Scope of the Legislation            
In-House Standards
Contractual Standard

AUDIT PREPARATION
Type of Audit
Audit Team Selection
Objective and Scope
Audit Plan
Review of Applicable Documentation
Daily Audit Schedule
Audit Team Preparation
Checklist Preparation
Audit Notification

Day 2

AUDIT PERFORMANCE
Pre-Audit Meeting
Administration of the Audit            
Information Collection
Observation Skills
Auditor Concerns
Analysis of Audit Data
                        
WORKSHOP I:
INTERVIEWING/LISTENING/OBSERVATION SKILLS
Participants will meet in small groups to discuss and suggest the solution to a case study problem that will be presented.  
        
EVALUATING AND REPORTING AUDIT FINDINGS
Evaluating Audit Results
Reporting Audit Findings and Exceptions
Writing Styles Principles
Conducting Exit Meeting
            
WORKSHOP II
ANALYZING FACTS/DETERMINE PROBLEMS/FINDINGS

POST AUDIT ACTIVITIES
Audit Report
Audit Response
Final Audit Report
Audit Follow-up
Team Self-Assessment
Audit Records

AUDIT PSYCHOLOGY AND ETHICS
Audit Psychology
Audit Ethics

SAMPLE HEALTH & SAFETY AUDIT: OVERVIEW AND INSTRUCTIONS

CLOSING REMARKS AND FINAL ADJOURNMENT

Seminar leader

Rishi Kumar, M.Sc. Eng., P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC, FEC is a President and CEO of Global Educational and Consulting Services (GECS) and is an approved education provider by the Engineering Institute of Canada, (EIC) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Washington, DC (IACET). Rishi obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 from University of Calgary, Alberta. Since 1976, he has held many senior positions in utility, auto industry, research & development, services, manufacturing and consulting sectors in project, program and portfolio management of various capital projects. Since 1996, he conducted 500+ public and in-house seminars all over the globe through various universities, construction associations and other professional organizations and published/presented 25+ technical, business and management papers in various publications/conferences throughout the globe.

Mr. Kumar is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, and holds various professional certifications {Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Quality Auditor}. He obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2011.
 
Mr. Kumar has served as a Chair, President, Sr. Vice-President-Operations and Director-Marketing and Professional Development portfolios for PMI Lakeshore chapter and presently serving in Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of PMI Global and providing coaching and mentoring to PMI members. Mr. Kumar is actively involved since 1996 with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and is serving in various committees and boards (Discipline, Equity & Diversity and Experience Requirements). Since 2007, Rishi is providing coaching and mentoring services to PEO Mississauga as a Chairperson. He supports the mentorship programs offered by various non-profit organizations (CESO, Ontario Works-Peel Region, Skills for Change, ACCES Employment, and CMC) in GTA since 1994.