Ex 85 - OH&S MS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course - for OHSAS 18001 and similar OH&S standards and codes


This FIVE-DAY course provides an understanding and knowledge of auditing health and safety management systems to third party standards.  You learn to build on the skills of how to plan, structure and conduct an effective audit and to evaluate and communicate the findings. The course is designed to follow the stages in a live audit, including simulated audit interviews and role play closing meetings.

The course has been certified by the UK International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) (ref: 17225) and fulfils the IRCA training requirements for registration as a 3rd-party OHS management systems auditor.

There is an examination on the last day, and a certificate will be issued on completion of the course.

Key Session Topics

  • The OH&S Standards (OHSAS 18001, ILO OHS 2000 etc.).
  • OH&S legislation and codes of practice.
  • OH&S hazards and risk evaluation.
  • Audit planning. Use of checklists.
  • Audit interviewing and evaluation of information.
  • Auditing improvement.
  • Nonconformance evaluation.
  • Corrective actions and effective follow-up programmes.
  • Accreditation and certification, Sources of information.


  • The ability to assess compliance of an organization to meet your own internal or external, eg. Certification body, requirements.
  • The ability to develop an internal audit process to support your OH&S policy.
  • An understanding of the role of audits within the OH&S programme.

Who Should Attend

  • Those responsible for obtaining certification e.g. OHSAS 18001.
  • Those who wish to register as an IRCA OHS MS auditor (additional requirements also apply).
  • Auditors who want to audit OH&S management systems and who need to show professional competence in this subject.
  • Those new to auditing wishing to understand OH&S MS auditing.
  • Senior managers involved in the outcome of OH&S audits.

Course Techniques

This highly participative course is a practically based series of sessions using tutorials, case studies, interactive workshops and open forum discussions culminating with an examination.  The practical emphasis of the course and the high tutor to attendee contact hours provide a unique opportunity for a substantial degree of individual guidance and training.

A detailed file of reference information is available to keep.


Attendees' audits can be supervised to give practical on-site training.

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