OHSAS 18001 auditor courses and Health and safety coursesOHSAS 18001 Auditor/Lead Auditor Course (Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems)

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This intensive, challenging and highly interactive and practical course is designed to develop delegates' skills to conduct Health and Safety Management System audits in order to:

  • Assess compliance of an organisation against third party standards to meet internal or external requirements.
  • Support OH&S policy and effectively improve the OH&S programme.
  • Contribute to the requirements to register as an OHS Management Systems Auditor under the IRCA Auditor Registration Scheme.

IRCA-singleOur course is approved by the UK International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA Reference No: A17225) and meets the training requirements for individuals seeking registration as a Lead Auditor under the IRCA Auditor Registration Scheme.

Course Objectives

Our course will equip delegates with an in-depth knowledge of auditing health and safety management systems to third party standards including OHSAS 18001, providing OH&S practitioners and systems auditors with the understanding and skills necessary to professionally audit an OH&S management system. Our course focuses on developing auditor skills, techniques and competence.

We incorporate a unique 'slide photo tour', allowing delegates to visualise and identify site issues, providing an element of 'real-life' auditing and observation in the class-room environment.

Key Skills / Learning Objectives

Through the combination of interactive tutorials, workshops, photo site tour, case studies and simulated audits, our course will enable the delegates to:

  • Apply the requirements and principles of OH&S standards to the OH&S programme and how this relates to other management systems which may be in place.
  • Assess compliance of an organisation to meet your company's own internal or external (eg. Certification Body) requirements.
  • Plan, develop and implement an internal audit process appropriate to your organisation and which supports your OH&S policy.
  • Conduct audits to professional criteria with confidence, gathering objective evidence through observation, interviewing and document trails to provide factual audit reports that will facilitate continuous improvements to the OH&S programme.
  • Develop their own skills, techniques and competence as an auditor.
  • Achieve the formal training requirements to allow progression to becoming an IRCA Registered OH&S Management Systems Lead Auditor.

Course Outline (Full Course Agenda PDF)

  • Defining the purpose and structure of the OH&S Standards (OHSAS 18001, ILO OHS 2000)
  • Review of OH&S legislation and codes of practice
  • Identification of OH&S hazards and risk evaluation
  • Principles of auditing, auditor skills and responsibilities and the audit cycle:
    • Planning - use of checklists
    • Interviewing and evaluation of information
    • Observation - objective evidence
    • Evaluating the significance of nonconformities
    • Corrective actions and effective follow-up programmes
    • Effective improvement
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Sources of information and further development
  • Exam

Who Should Attend?

  • Those responsible for obtaining third party certification to OHSAS 18001 for their organisation.
  • Auditors who want to assess OH&S management systems and who need to show professional competence in this subject.
  • Those new to auditing wishing to gain a sound knowledge and become competent in OH&S management system auditing.
  • Senior managers who will have to understand the outcome of OH&S audits.
  • Those who wish to register as an IRCA OHS management system auditor (additional requirements also apply).

Booking and Course Fees

Delegates successfully completing the course, including the examination, will be awarded an IRCA registered certificate.

Fees include:

  • Registered IRCA certificate verifying attendance and completion of course
  • Student Manual, including substantial reference information
  • Training provided by qualified and experienced tutors with extensive practical management auditing experience across a variety of manufacture and service industries
  • Lunch and refreshments during the day
  • Residential accommodation and evening meal (4 nights)

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