Health, Safety & Environmental Audits

HSE auditing involves a range of scopes, activities, tool and reporting practices. Elm has a group of highly experienced HSE professional who use proven auditing methods, we adapt to each client’s needs whether that means using company-specific protocols or databased, sampling parameters or reporting formats.

We do not have relationships with any audit technology provider and are therefore not
limited in our options on how to design or execute client audits.

HSE Compliance and Management Audits

The Elm Consulting Group International works with our clients to design an HSE audit program, or retool and invigorate an existing program to reflect client philosophies, existing standards or integrate/coordinate programs with other audit functions. We address the six key elements of a successful audit program to ensure that a comprehensive program is developed, including:

• Objectives
• Scope
• Organization
• Resources
• Approach
• Coverage

As we develop HSE audit programs, we provide guidance for clients to define:

• The overall context for the program – are the key factors for success in place?
• The program design with respect to standard industry practices and client goals.
• The effectiveness of program implementation, as measured against program design elements and key corporate objectives for the program.
• The sustainability of the program over time

In addition, we support the development of key program management tools, including audit program manuals, auditor training, reporting procedures, corrective action plans and finding tracking databases.

Given the international attention to HSE auditing and the potential value companies derive from internal audit programs, our clients routinely seek the assistance of the Elm team to conduct a third-party assessment of its HSE auditing function to determine the adequacy of its current approach with respect to best practices.

HSE Audit Program Assessment

The Elm Consulting Group International works with companies to create HSE management systems that reflect a company’s philosophies. Our approach to a successful system is designing the program to align with company goals, promote HSE compliance, mitigate HSE risk consistently across operations, maximize use of the client’s internal resources and establish meaningful performance metrics. Major steps in developing such a program include:

  • Assessment of HSE Goals, Needs and Risk,
  • Planning and Development,
  • Implementation,
  • Continuously Reviewing Performance, and
  • Updating the Program as Appropriate

We provide assistance with all levels of HSE management systems, from the very first steps, through the initial process to optimization and continuous improvement. Although Elm does not provide ISO 14001 or OHSAS 18001 certification, we have assisted clients in anticipation of certification.

HSE Management Systems

The Elm Consulting Group International provides senior HSE auditors across the globe to perform comprehensive health, safety and environmental audits designed to assess performance against regulatory requirements, standards, corporate guidelines and best management practices. Our pool of highly trained professionals includes certified auditors (CPEA), safety professionals (CSPs), industrial hygienists (CIHs), professional engineers and other technical specialists. Our team has an average of greater than 20 years experience and performed audits in over 60 countries. Each member of the Elm team member has been trained to perform audits using a consistent “state of the art” process – with common techniques and work practices.


While not a certifying body, Elm has assisted our clients perform gap assessments of existing HSE management system programs as compared to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

Process Safety Management

Using highly trained health and safety professionals, including CSPs and professional engineers, Elm is able to perform formal Process Safety Management audits, as required in the PSM standard. Our services include baseline and ongoing compliance audits, the preparation of implementation and follow-up plans, the development of guidelines and standards and implementation of the PSM program elements. We have assisted our clients develop and integrate effective PSM programs by creating program manuals, plans, standards, guidelines and audit protocols – using a common framework to address regulatory requirements and corporate standards.

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