Audit is defined as methodical, independent, and typically periodic examinations, involving analyses, tests and confirmation of local procedures and practices. Audits provide management with a tool for measuring facility performance. The general goal of most process safety audit programs is to verify whether a facility’s procedures and practices comply with legal requirements, internal policies, company standards and guidelines, and accepted practices. An audit tells a company whether its procedures and practices are adequate and whether they are being followed.
Resource Management: Managing the resources available to the program, including the budget, the personnel, and the other resources available from other parts of the organization
Staff Selection and Training: Selecting, orienting, training and continually developing the audit team staff
Program Development: Continuing to develop, refine and advance the audit program
Keeping Current: Keeping up to date on current activities
When staffing a process safety management system audit team, it is desirable to have members with expertise in the following areas:
    • Facility Operations
    • Safety Disciplines
    • Management Systems
    • Peer Facilities

    Reference: CCPS(1989) Guidelines for Technical Management of Chemical Process Safety