OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor

You need this course if

  • you want to audit OH&S Management Systems against OHSAS 18001 requirements 
  • you are an Auditor or OH&S System Manager and want to add to your credibility with a widely accepted qualification 
  • you want to satisfy the formal training requirements for IRCA certification  

You will learn

  • the purpose and benefits of an OH&S management system 
  • essential definitions to help you interpret and audit OHSAS 18001 requirements 
  • to analyse OHSAS 18001 clauses and suggest examples of evidence that would show conformance with these requirements 
  • the importance of hazard identification and risk assessment and risk control 
  • how organizations can take a preventive approach to risk management through the effective implementation of OHSAS 18001 
  • the roles and responsibilities of an auditor and lead auditor 
  • to plan and conduct an interview with top management and evaluate an organisation’s OH&S policy and objectives 
  • to prepare an on-site audit plan that establishes effective audit trails across processes, areas and between members of an audit team 
  • how to conduct process and area audits and evaluate the effective implementation of an OH&S management system 
  • how to prepare for your audits by developing effective checklists 
  • to gather objective evidence through observation, interviewing and reviewing documentation 
  • how to evaluate objective evidence and correctly identify conformance and non-conformance with requirements 
  • to report findings accurately against requirements of OHSAS 18001, write and grade nonconformity reports and evaluate proposals for corrective action 
  • how to present your overall evaluation to top management 
  • the certification requirements to become a registered auditor/lead auditor with IRCA  

You will need

  • knowledge and understanding of OHSAS 18001 and experience of auditing 
  • ideally to have attended our OHSAS 18001 Appreciation and Interpretation course or our OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor course 
  • to understand the basics of how organisations work and the role of top management 

Your future development

  • QMS and EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor conversion courses 
  • Tutored Audits (coached live audit at your company) 
  • IOSH and NEBOSH courses 
  • Business Improvement courses 
  • A copy of the standard is provided with this course 

Course length

Five days

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This course meets the requirements of the IRCA OH&S Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor course criteria IRCA/2020

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