ISO 19011 & Audit History

| May 23, 2012

Management system audits are an integral part of every management system.  All of the management system specification standards – including ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – require that an organization establish and implement an internal audit program.

I have been involved in auditing for over 30 years.

In the 1980’s – I conducted EHS audits world-wide for Bristol-Myers as part of the corporate audit team.

In the 1990’s – I started the decade reviewing a wide range of audit and assessment reports.  As an attorney for U.S. EPA, I evaluated assessments for the purposes of undertaking enforcement actions.  Then, as an attorney in private practice, I helped companies establish internal audit programs.  I also used audit reports prepared by others for advising clients on mergers, acquisitions, commercial loans and property development activities.  In 1997, I shifted my focus to assisting organizations with management system implementation and became a certified EMS Lead Auditor in 1999.

In the 2000’s – I turned my focus to management system audits and the development of audit standards.  I developed and taught numerous auditor training courses – from Lead Auditor Training to customized internal auditor training courses covering multiple disciplines (quality, environmental, OS&G, food safety, security etc.).  I also helped develop international auditing standards and participated as one of the U.S. Experts in the revision of ISO 19011.

I am pleased to announce that I have launched a new website that is based on my extensive experience in auditing:

 www.iso19011expert.com

This website focuses on providing useful information and resources to help auditors and audit program managers develop expertise in management system auditing.  In the blog associated with this site, I will be answering questions about establishing an audit program and providing insight into the intent underlying the language of the ISO standards that set out auditing requirements.

Click here to check out the initial post on this new site – Evidence-Based Auditing.

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Category: OHSMS Auditing, Resources & Tools, Standards & Certification

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