Environmental Health and Safety Audits

Environmental Health and Safety Audits

A Compendium of Thoughts and Trends

Lawrence B. Cahill


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EHS auditing has been around since the mid-1970’s when the Securities and Exchange Commission launched enforcement actions against three U.S. Fortune 500 companies that the Commission believed were misleading their shareholders about environmental liabilities. Since then the profession has continued to grow and mature with many process issues still not fully resolved. For example, how do we develop a more risk-based approach? How do we measure successful performance? How can we better utilize our auditors who sometimes have skill sets limited to environmental compliance matters or health and safety compliance matters? What kind of messes can our auditors get into and how do we anticipate those? In a companion title to the 9th edition of Environmental Health and Safety Audits, Lawrence Cahill draws from his 35 years’ of experience in over 25 countries to address many of these issues. Along the way he uses his personal experiences to add some reality and fun to tell the story.

This book provides updated text and puts forward thoughts and trends that were not or were only briefly addressed previously. In addition, it addresses important EHS audit issues that audit program managers and auditors must deal with routinely and when special circumstances arise.

The text can help:

• To improve the management and execution of an audit program
• To make auditors more effective and versatile
• Auditors understand the special demands of auditing internationally

The 9th Edition of
Environmental Health and Safety Audits is recommended by the Board of Environmental Health & safety Auditor Certifications.


Lawrence B. Cahill:
Mr. Cahill is currently a Technical Director in Environmental Resources Management's Performance & Assurance Group located in Malvern, PA. He has over 35 years of professional EHS experience with industry and consulting. He is the principal author of the widely used text, Environmental, Health and Safety Audits, published by Government Institutes, Inc. and now in its 9th Edition. He contributed four chapters in the 1995 text Auditing for Environmental Quality Leadership, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Mr. Cahill has published over 60 articles and has been quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest lecturer at the graduate schools of Duke University, Northwestern University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.