ISO 18001 Lead Auditor Course

This comprehensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to audit an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 the certification process according ISO 17021. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to efficiently conduct an audit.


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PECB Certified Course, Accredited by ANSI

Learning objectives

  • To Acquire the expertise to perform an OHSAS 18001 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To Acquire the expertise to perform an OHSAS 18001 certification audit following ISO 19011 guidelines and the specifications of ISO 17021
  • To Acquire the necessary expertise to manage an OHSMS audit team
  • To Understand the operation of an OHSAS 18001 conformant occupational Health and Safety management system
  • To Understand the relationship between an Occupational Health and Safety Management System, including hazard assessment & management, controls and compliance with the requirements of different stakeholders of the organization
  • To improve the ability to analyze the internal and external environment of an organization, hazard assessment and audit decision-making in the context of an OHSMS

ohsas18001Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) concepts as required by OHSAS 18001

  • Normative, regulatory and legal framework related to occupational health and safety
  • Fundamental principles of occupational Health and Safety
  • OHSAS 18001 certification process
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)
  • Detailed presentation of OHSAS 18001 clause-by-clause

Day 2: Planning and Initiating an OHSAS 18001 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on hazard
  • Preparation of an OHSAS 18001 certification audit
  • OHSMS documentation audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting an OHSAS 18001 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Documenting of nonconformities

Day 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an OHSAS 18001 audit

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an OHSAS 18001 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • OHSAS 18001 Surveillance audit
  • OHSAS 18001 internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam

The “Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination Certification Programme (ECP).

Duration: 3 hours

After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified OHSAS 18001 Provisional Auditor, Certified OHSAS 18001 Auditor or Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience.  Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors.

A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully passed the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential.