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OH&S MS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course (17357)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of OH&S management systems to the current OHSAS 18001 standard, in accordance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021 guidelines for management system auditing.

In detail, the training course will provide technical knowledge and practical skills to become a competent Lead Auditor, including via the following:

  • purpose and benefits of an OH&S management system
  • explain the role of an auditor in the planning, conducting, reporting and follow-up of audits as per BS OHSAS 18001, ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021
  • explain the elements essential for the operation and documentation of an OH&S MS:
    • initial status review and its role in the development of the organization’s OH&S MS
    • different risk assessment tools and techniques available to organizations
    • OH&S MS planning techniques, including the establishment of OH&S policy and objectives
    • OH&S policies with respect to the health, safety and welfare obligations to employees, customers, suppliers, contractors and the public
    • methods for the development and implementation of emergency response and preparedness plans
    • methods for establishing appropriate controls based on the assessment of acceptable risk generated by the organization’s operations
    • auditing the OH&S MS and the verification of its on-site implementation
    • periodic status review/management review of the effectiveness of the OH&S MS
    • continuous improvement of the OH&S MS, based on the PDCA model
  • purpose of and differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd party audits

Successful completion of the course (including examination) will result in the issue of a certificate which may be used to support an application to become registered as an IRCA auditor. Being certified as an IRCA auditor is a clear statement that you are a recognized, qualified and capable auditing professional.


The students are expected to have basic knowledge of OHSMS principles and concepts: The PDCA cycle, purpose and benefits of an OHSMS, managing OH&S through hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control, relevant national and local OH&S legislation and requirements, commonly used OH&S terms and definitions. Furthermore the knowledge of the requirements of OHSAS 18001, which may be gained by completing an OHSMS foundation course, is requested.

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