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Ensure Compliance with Federal, State and Local EHS requirements Through Self Auditing (DFS974W)

Presented by: Vince Marchesani, Ph.D.
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Event Description
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Learn How to Use an EHS Audit to Identify Risks and Avoid Noncompliance

Environmental, health and safety (EHS) requirements are often at the top of the list of compliance concerns for professionals in the chemical, petrochemical, paper, food, plastics and electronics industries. In fact, the question feared most by industrial plant managers is, “Is your facility in compliance with EHS requirements?” The plant manager should be able to say, “Yes, of course!”

In the United States, a variety of regulatory agencies are charged with monitoring and enforcing compliance relating to EHS: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Mining Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) can all issue EHS noncompliance notifications that include penalties of up to thousands of dollars a day, and in some cases incarceration. And don’t forget state and local regulators – in many jurisdictions, they oversee and enforce EHS standards as well.

If you are willing to take your chances and avoid learning where your company may be out of compliance, be warned: Noncompliance with EHS standards could spell the end of an otherwise successful company. Some regulatory agencies may even calculate company profit for the time period of noncompliance as the financial penalty. The wise approach is to stay on top of what is required and act immediately to correct the situation when noncompliance is identified. And the simplest and easiest way to identify EHS noncompliance is via EHS audit. The audit can be conducted by plant staff or company staff (recommended), or by a third party.

The financial benefits of being certain of your plant’s compliance are extraordinary. Not only will the potential for fines and penalties disappear, but also the cost of attorneys and public relations staff and the fear of company image issues will disappear. This is to say nothing of your customers who need your product – they want to rely on you! Just the fear of your plant being shut down by government action due to noncompliance with EHS standards could easily cause your customer to seek another supplier.

In this session, expert speaker Dr. Vince Marchesani will present techniques to help you master EHS auditing. By identifying ways to protect the facility being audited and establishing internal compliance schedules to correct the situation, you can keep costs down and prepare audit final reports where the word “noncompliance” never has to appear in the document. Vince will also provide guidance regarding a closing audit meeting, how to publish the audit final report and how to properly close an audit to protect the audited facility and the company.

The approach developed by Vince represents a team approach that reduces EHS risks for companies. This is a must-attend webinar if you wish to build confidence in and understanding of your company’s EHS compliance programs and activities.

Session Highlights

Tools will include:

  • The creation of an audit agenda and actions at the initial audit meeting
  • The creation of a self-audit protocol
  • Key items to look for in interviews, file reviews and plant walk arounds
  • Initial audit questionnaire
  • How to prepare an audit final report


  • The results of an EHS audit should never be a surprise; they should be confirmatory
  • Learning about noncompliance situations before government agencies learn about them
  • No penalty nor incarceration should take place as a result of an internal self-compliance audit 
  • Establish your own compliance schedule
  • Save money since the compliance schedule is yours and not given to you by the government
  • You are in control of the noncompliant situation
  • Much more

Key Takeaways

  • EHS self-auditing, benefits and weaknesses
  • The difference among compliance, management systems and technical EHS auditing
  • How to address significant noncompliance findings when auditing
  • How to take the fear out of EHS auditing
  • Interviews, file reviews and plant walk arounds: What are you looking for?
  • What do you do with significant noncompliance information when you find it?
  • How to create an audit report
  • How to end/close an audit, and how to follow up

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance personnel in multiple industries
  • EHS management at all levels
  • VPs of EHS
  • EHS managers
  • Plant personnel involved in EHS activities
  • Members of the American Chemistry Council
  • Members of the Society for Plastics industries
  • Members of the American Petroleum Institute
About Our Speaker(s)

Vince Marchesani | Environmental Regulations SpeakerVince Marchesani Ph.D.
Dr. Vince J. Marchesani is the President and CEO of Environmental, Health and Safety International, LLC. Vince has held the position of VP, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) at Basell (retired). He has 30+ years of experience in the chemical industry. His educational qualifications include B.S. and M.S. degrees fr... More info

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