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2nd Edition

Safety, Health and Environmental Auditing
A Practical Guide, Second Edition

ISBN 9781138557154
Published February 26, 2018 by CRC Press
286 Pages 9 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition builds on the success of the first edition. It has been enhanced to embrace new topics including Due Dilgence, EHS Auditing, Process Safety, Auditing, and a chapter summarizing auditing with the relevant ISO standards. The rest of the book has been updated to fit with the guidance and requirements set out with the changes in the ISO standards. The goal of this book remains the same, to provide a "down to earth" guidance for managers and specialists in organizations who are committed to improving their safety, health and environmental performance, but are not sure where to start or do not wish to employ consultants to do this for them. They do it themselves using this book.

Electronic software and additional materials available upon request.


  • Integrates the concepts of safety health and environmental auditing into a common approach of "loss prevention"
  • Provides an audit protocol for 60 aspects of safety, health, and environmental management
  • Presents a summary of the requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to auditing
  • Introduces the novel and unique concept of Auditing Convergence
  • Offers a simple auditing software (The Plaudit II audit process) in an electronic program which no other book on this topic can offer

Table of Contents


About the Author

Chapter 1 Elements of a Good Safety, Health and Environmental System

Chapter 2 Management Systems

Chapter 3 Auditing: The Principles

Chapter 4 What Makes a Good Auditor?

Chapter 5 The Standard or Requirement

Chapter 6 Preparation

Chapter 7 Protocols and Checklists

Chapter 8 The Entry Meeting

Chapter 9 Area Familiarisation

Chapter 10 Audit Observation Skills

Chapter 11 The Formal Discussion

Chapter 12 The Informal Discussion

Chapter 13 Statistical Significance

Chapter 14 The Importance of Verification and the Audit Trail

Chapter 15 Conformity

Chapter 16 Documentary Review

Chapter 17 Convergence

Chapter 18 The Exit Meeting

Chapter 19 Audit Uniformity and Credibility

Chapter 20 Auditor Training

Chapter 21 Managing Auditee Expectations

Chapter 22 Auditing and Its Relevance to Regulatory Compliance

Chapter 23 Reporting: Quantitative Assessment

Chapter 24 Reporting: Qualitative Assessment

Chapter 25 Follow-Up

Chapter 26 Choosing the Audit Process

Chapter 27 Audit Team Composition

Chapter 28 Using the Plaudit 2 Process

Chapter 29 Using the Plaudit 2 Protocol Software

Chapter 30 Process Safety Audits

Chapter 31 EHS Aspects of Due Diligence Audits

Chapter 32 International EHS Auditing Standards


Appendix 1: Auditor Guidance

Appendix 2: Plaudit 2 Audit Protocol


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Simon W. Pain is an award winning independent Safety, Health, and Environmental Management consultant based in Scotland. He has a wealth of health, safety, and environmental management experience in various manufacturing industries gained over the last thirty-seven years.

Simon is a chartered mechanical engineer with more than thirty-two years experience in senior management positions with British Steel, ICI, and DuPont’s engineering, manufacturing, research, and corporate functions. He has been advising company executives at the board level on safety, health, and management issues for the last twelve years. He spent many years as Divisional Safety, Health, and Environmental Manager for ICI and DuPont; the latter is widely regarded as the world benchmark company for health and safety standards. During the last twenty years he has developed novel techniques in health and safety training and communication, which were commended by the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in November 2004. He has subsequently developed the unique SHEEMS emergency management system for small businesses. It is through this work that he has been awarded Best International Health & Safety Consultancy – Scotland and also International Health & Safety Consultancy of the Year – 2017.

As a consultant, Simon specializes in raising awareness and motivating senior managers to achieve a paradigm shift in health and safety awareness. He does this by using the high-impact approach and making the subject interesting and fun.

He is an expert in auditing, especially at the management level and personally designed and developed the ICI audit protocol system to ensure that auditing standards were consistent. As a Det Norske Veritas-trained auditor he has led audits not only in the United Kingdom, but also in the United States, Japan, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He regularly carries out lectures and training for health, safety, and environmental auditing.

He is a Fellow of both the U.K. Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Energy and a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. He was also a member of the U.K. government’s Energy Best Practice Committee and a board member for the Solway River Purification Board until the formation of the new Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Simon graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and obtained his postgraduate qualifications in health and safety from the University of Loughborough.

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"The book’s breadth makes it far more than just another publication on the dry, albeit important subject of SHE auditing with reference to ISO standards. Pain delves into topics that would make me consider buying a copy even though I’m not an auditor. The chapter on process safety auditing, for instance, gives a useful insight into how you could adapt this approach to improve standard audits or even workplace inspections. I also enjoyed the chapter on due diligence. For those of us involved in mergers and acquisitions this provides handy advice on what to think about and also how to determine the risks.
The biggest draw, however, is Pain’s inclusion of an audit checklist (with verification statements) for 60 key areas of SHE risk. When I first graduated I was a safety consultant and had to write something similar for my company. It took me an age to complete and it wasn’t particularly exciting. Pain has taken all the drudgery away. Readers can access his free audit protocol through the website of his employer, Solway Consulting Group, after you register for a password.
When this book landed on my desk I wasn’t sure how useful it would be. Reading it convinced me. Although auditors and consultants will benefit most from it, others in non-specialist SHE audit roles will find useful tips on how to develop their skills. I would consider buying this book for the chapter on due diligence alone; it has helped me to advance my thinking in this important area."
JOSH Magazine, April Issue 2018