10 Golden Rules of Remote Auditing
400 webinar delegates asked for more help
With the continued Covid-19 disruption, the use of remote environmental audits is now common place. Remote audits allow organisations to continue with the established audit programme, ensure the EMS works well & staff are properly engaged. This is relevant for internal audits & especially important for third party audits (annual surveillance visits & certification audits).
I was recently part of the expert panel on a webinar for IEMA – we gave advice on how to prepare for & conduct remote audits, from the perspective of both auditors & auditees.
We had over 400 people on the webinar, with lots of great questions asked. And the feedback was – more help please!
So, the panel sat down & wrote a short guide – The 10 Golden Rules of Remote Auditing. Again helping auditors & auditees prepare & get the best out of their audits. The Golden Rules are supported by simple pieces of advice & further reading.
To summarise the 10 Golden Rules of Remote Auditing:
- Set clear and achievable remote audit objectives
- Develop effective plans to support the remote audit
- Know the technology, its capabilities and limitations
- Make all participants familiar with the remote audit
- Ensure the confidentiality and security of the audit
- Be familiar with the way to review documents remotely
- Break down any barriers to successful remote interviews
- Consider the requirements for virtual site tours and observation
- Have clear processes to review audit evidence and report conclusions
- Be aware of any specific requirements for regulators or certification bodies.
And the goldenest of the golden rules? Preparation, preparation, preparation.
Lastly, I think it’s important to give yourself a break! Especially during Covid-19 disruption, most people are learning new ways of working, have other stresses on top of work (such as child care) & may be battling ill-health. If the audit doesn’t go 100% smoothly, no problem – you can always return (remotely!) for further clarification.
I hope the Golden Rules are useful. If you need further support for your EMS audit programme, please do get in touch now.
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