Ex 87 - OH&S MS Auditor Conversion Training Course - for OHSAS 18001 and similar OH&S standards and codes


This THREE-DAY course gives the experienced management systems auditor (quality or environmental) an introduction to auditing an occupational health and safety management system (OH&SMS).

The course has been certified by the UK International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) (ref. 17231) and fulfils the IRCA training requirements for registration as a 3rd-party OHS management systems auditor*. The course assumes attendees have prior experience of auditing management systems.

*This is a conversion course, and registration as an IRCA OHS auditor requires the applicant to also demonstrate a pass mark on a ‘lead auditor’ course for QMSs or EMSs. Contact Excel if you are in doubt.

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.
  • OH&S audit interviewing.
  • OH&S nonconformance evaluation.
  • OH&S corrective actions.


  • 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

  • Experienced auditors who want to understand how to audit an OH&S MS and who need to show professional competence in this subject.
  • Those responsible for obtaining certification e.g. OHSAS 18001.
  • 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' subsequent audits can be supervised to give practical on-site training.

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