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IEMA Certified Lead Environmental Auditor (UK)

This course is aimed at those in the oil and gas industry who are familiar with EMS and are likely to undertake and lead EMS and / or compliance audits for offshore and onshore assets. The course covers requirements for offshore, onshore and supplier audits.

The course is for those who lead audits e.g. environmental advisors, full-time auditors and regulators. It is structured towards the UK oil and gas industry but can be adapted for other regions and industries if required.

The course is based on the requirements of the IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) syllabus for a five day Lead Environmental Management System (EMS) auditing course.

Participants will gain a detailed understanding of the audit process and how to get the best out of it. The course covers themes such as the analysis and validation of environmental objectives, and environmental management and monitoring regimes. It promotes a deep understanding of environmental issues, environmental assessment tools and techniques and their relevance to auditing. Oil and gas industry-specific role playing and exercises derived from real auditing scenarios form a significant part of the course.

Course objectives
To equip participants with a detailed understanding of:

  • How to audit or assess the effectiveness of environmental management
  • How to lead audits by detailing the role of an environmental lead auditor and expectations
  • An understanding of applicable environmental aspects and impacts, legislation and regulations and common themes to be aware of when auditing
  • How to conduct an audit in the context of the new EMS standard ISO 14001:2015.

What the course covers

  • Overview of the relationships and differences between a range of audit types
  • Understanding and evaluating current environmental issues, their interrelationships and how they relate to the auditing process
  • Evaluation of key pieces of environmental legislation and their relevance in the context of environmental auditing
  • Application of techniques used in the identification of environmental aspects and impacts
  • Evaluation and significance of environmental impacts
  • Analysis and validation of environmental objectives, management and monitoring regimes relating to a range of industry types
  • Roles and responsibilities of the auditor, the audit team and other relevant bodies
  • Competencies required for leading an environmental audit and in an audit team
  • Planning, initiation, implementation, management, monitoring and review of a broad range of audit programmes
  • Extensive practical exercises to reinforce theoretical learning.

Participants learn from tutors who have years of hands-on experience of leading internal and external EMS audits. Our tutors have witnessed organisations suffering from weak audits that have failed to yield the benefits in performance that effective audits can provide.

This course has been developed on the premise that audits should be wholly focussed on facilitating performance improvement, not auditing for auditing’s sake. Participants benefit from learning about the auditing methods Xodus experts have developed to reduce impacts on the environment as well as the risk of incidents and legal non-compliance.