Book review: Health and safety, environment and quality audits (2nd ed.)
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Health and safety, environment and quality audits (2nd ed.)
Stephen Asbury / Routledge / ISBN: 978–0–41550–811–7 / Paperback / £34.99
Health and safety, environment and quality audits is far more than a guide to auditing following the requirements of ISO 19011. It encourages readers to reflect on business culture, practices and management approaches, and to appreciate the potential risks to achieving business goals, including high standards of HSEQ performance.
The subtitle to this book is “A risk-based approach” and, if auditors follow the guidance provided, they will reduce their risks of failing to add value through the audit process. Once the organisational context for auditing has been established, the book provides a wealth of guidance on auditing techniques and approaches, from planning to reporting findings.
The chapter on conducting the audit is full of detail, with plenty of examples taken from the author’s obviously extensive practical experience. Asbury successfully lifts what can be a very dry topic by carefully structuring and presenting the material in a manner that is easy to follow and understand.
This is an enjoyable and thought-provoking book, which probes deeply into auditing practices and auditor behaviour. The many tips, case studies and “A-factors” – essential nuggets of information for auditors – add to the value and usefulness of this excellent guide.
Nigel Leehane, MIEMA, CEnv, is an environment management consultant and principal environmental auditor.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.