Since 1991, Colgate has performed environmental audits at facilities worldwide. In 1996, Colgate expanded the worldwide program to include Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) audits. These audits assess Colgate's performance against company standards and also identify risks, hazards, unsafe behaviors and opportunities to improve in all areas of operations. Audits are done at Colgate manufacturing sites and technology center facilities.
Colgate's EOHS standards, including the Management Systems Standard, define performance expectations and consist of extensive technical components. Sites are required to comply with local regulations and with company standards. In cases where there is a regulation and comparable Colgate standard, the site must comply with the most stringent. All sites also must have a fully implemented Environmental Management System to ensure the facility has a sustainable process to ensure compliance with local regulations and conformance to company standards.
Each audit includes an evaluation of management systems, a review of records, observations of physical conditions, equipment and personnel, and interviews with employees throughout the facility. The audits are performed by a team of Colgate EOHS professionals from locations independent of the specific site being audited. All auditors are trained in Audit Skills and Techniques.
Those involved in the audits get training from Colgate on the standards as well as on a wide range of technical topics from safety, industrial hygiene and environmental science to more specific subjects such as enzymes and ergonomics.
Colgate works with expert consultants to audit against a Process Safety Management Standard. This standard is intended to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals thereby protecting Colgate employees and property, the public and the environment.