When to Conduct an Audit and When to Just Fix the Problem

July 9, 2014
Jill Hyman Kaplan and Matthew C. Sullivan
The Legal Intelligencer

Environmental or safety compliance audits can be great tools to determine compliance status, assess whether programs or departments are operating as they should, and to educate and train employees. But if there is not management commitment and sufficient resources available to address the audit findings, an audit has the potential to create more harm than good.  While certain audits or components of them may be able to be protected by attorney-client privilege, that does not necessarily address the potential liability of knowing there is a problem and not addressing it.

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