The pre-work and agenda issued ahead of the course commencement related to a different course of only 2 days duration and without and reference to Health and Safety. I would have liked to spend more time during the three days looking at the 14001 and 18001 standards and less time on the importance of auditee rapport and the overall approach. This maybe a personal learning preference but I think a foundation from the standard is necessary (an exercise structured to look at how a typical EHS policy and procedures met the standard would have been very good to introduce here).
At the start of the course we were asked what we wanted from it. Many attendees commented they would like to be shown how the new standard (14001: 2015) should be audited. Although the course gave guidance on how to be an 14001 and 18001 auditor, it did not provide any specific insight on how the new standard requirements should be included in an audit. All the attendees were experienced auditors and this was not taken into account by the course tutor. As he is an experienced tutor he could have changed the content and timings by shortening the formal tuition, (as everyone already understood the principles of auditing) to allow for more time the practical. Extra time comparing and contrasting our audits would have been particularly beneficial for the company, as it would have harmonised and standardised the SHE auditing across the UK sites.