14th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
Do you want to be an auditor?
After reading our previous article about Why you would want to be an auditor, you have realised you:
- like meeting people,
- seeing new things,
- being challenged, and
- doing something different each day,
then you have probably realised that you REALLY want to be an auditor right?
That’s great – but not sure how to go about it? Here it is all laid out for you.
4th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
Whilst auditing in a very hot and very dusty gas field many years ago, I was interested in the business’s corrective action process and how effective it was. Going through their corrective action register, I picked out an entry about a mobile compressor that had leaked some fuel onto the ground. When asked what happened, they explained the compressor was a relatively new one they’d bought from overseas and the fuel tank had split causing the leak. They cleaned up the spill, the leak was repaired, and the corrective action report closed. I checked the corrective action report and sure enough, that was what was recorded.
12th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
When writing non-conformances, you are meant to identify and record the evidence that you saw to justify the non-conformity. While this is correct, it does have a tendency to drive the wrong behavior in that the evidence that you record is all that gets fixed.
5th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
Why would you want to be an auditor?
What on earth possesses people to be an auditor? Why would you want to be seen as boring and dull? You sit there with your glasses perched on the end of your nose reading through reams and reams of paper, trying to find the one little bit that’s not quite as it should be, just so you can catch them out. The only time you see an auditor smile is when they find somebody has done something wrong.
Well, if that is your perception of being an auditor you’ve got it all wrong. It’s a great job.
7th January, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
4 Key Steps on how to Conduct a Good Internal Audit
Are you looking at how to become an Internal Auditor? Check out our other post here: http://auditortraining.pwc.com.au/blog/become-internal-auditor/
Many companies have their own internal auditors to help identify issues within their business – mainly whether the business is compliant or not. But is the business making the most of the internal audit process? Does the internal auditor know how to conduct a good internal audit?
We have compiled 4 key steps that we think an auditor should go through in order to conduct a good audit.
4th November, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
We’ve put together a list of main reasons why you need to know ISO 9001:2015. Click through the presentation above, or the info is presented plain text below.
28th October, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
Every year I fly to Adelaide to conduct an audit. I have done this for many years, however, this year I had a more time available and decided on a slight change. Those who know me, know I am an avid rider, so this year, I thought I’d ride down on my motorbike. What I didn’t realise was that it was going to be a good lesson on risk control.
20th October, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
When it comes to identifying hazards and risks, it’s a good idea to work with an experienced group and include people both familiar with the work area, as well as ‘fresh eyes’ – those that aren’t familiar with the work. When we go through tasks regularly, it’s easy to be blind to the risks and hazards, as I will details below.
30th September, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
With ISO 14001 having changed to 2015 version, what will auditors be looking for? What questions will they be asking?
Generally, when something changes, that will be what the auditor is going to focus on; the vindictive auditor will try to catch you out, to show they know more than you, and make themselves look good. The professional environmental auditor will focus on the continual improvement approach and appreciate that management systems change and improve over time. Either way, to avoid non-conformities, you still need to be prepared. We’ve put together five key questions we think auditors will be asking, and we’ve also suggested how your environmental management system could address it. …and for you technical “system types” we’ve added some useful tips to make sure you are fully up to speed.
9th September, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
Generally, when something changes, that will be what the auditor is going to focus on; the vindictive auditor will try and catch you out, to show they know more than you, and make themselves look good. The professional auditor will focus on the continual improvement approach and appreciate that management systems change and improve over time.