The University has a responsibility to self-monitor the effectiveness of EHS programs as well as verify its compliance level to applicable laws and regulations.
Audits can be focused on one subject matter such as Transportation of Dangerous Goods, they can be limited to one faculty or services or they can be tailored to meet special requirements such as those applicable to research grants.
The purpose of the audits is to confirm what mechanisms are working properly, and identify activities that need improvement to meet ORM, University, and/or legal requirements. Contrary to an inspection, an audit is looks at how a system is managed.
|An example to illustrate the difference between an inspection and an audit:|
|An inspection would provide write-up of deficiencies like missing WHMIS signs outside a laboratory.||An audit would look at the mechanism for identifying the need for WHMIS signage and why it failed.|
The audits are conducted is a fair and professional manner and consist of interviews/conversations with employees, the review of documentation and records of activities, as well as observing certain activities being performed. The results are shared with the auditee informally immediately after the audit, with a formal report being forwarded to the Environmental Committee and the faculty/service audited.