IIA Canada National Conference - September 14 - 16, 2020

Why QEHS Compliance Needs to Change

Day 1 - Concurrent Session 1 - Track 2
14 Sep 2020
11:00 – 11:50
Day 1 - Concurrent Session 1 - Track 2

Why QEHS Compliance Needs to Change

Level : Intermediate

At a board meeting a director stood up after the internal audit report and asked the following questions, “isn’t all this activity too late?  How do we get ahead of all this?”  There was no answer given.

Effectiveness has become the new measure of compliance which arises from the change from prescriptive to outcome-based regulations and standards.  This requires a risk-based, holistic approach, that is founded on continuous improvement.  However, having spent decades under the tuteledge of prescriptive compliance, the audit function has been slow to adapt.

When it comes to quality, safety, environmental, and regulatory outcomes the prevailing audit / fix cycle which has worked well in the financial domain is proving to be too slow and too late as the primary source for course correction and to properly contend with the effects of uncertainty.

In my presentation I will present 4 misuses of the audit function, and 4 steps organizations can take to improve not only the audit function but also their compliance.