ISO 45001:2018 LEAD AUDITOR, PECB CERTIFIED

ISO 45001 is a global Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard that outlines a framework for organizations to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers, to provide safe and healthy workplaces, and to manage its health and safety risks and opportunities. It replaces OHSAS 18001.

The ISO 45001 Lead Auditor training enables attendees to develop the necessary expertise to perform an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S MS) audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training course, attendees will acquire the knowledge and skills to plan and carry out internal and external OH&S MS audits in compliance with ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification process.

This five-day course uses practical group exercises and case studies to develop the required auditing skills. The auditing guidelines of ISO 19011—including the auditing process and methodologies, e. g., planning and conducting an audit, writing nonconformity statements, preparing an audit summary and report, and verifying corrective actions are covered. Techniques for leading audit teams will also be discussed.

Based on practical exercises, attendees will be able to master the audit techniques and become competent to manage an audit program, audit team, communication with customers, and conflict resolution.

After acquiring the necessary expertise to perform OH&S MS audits, attendees can sit for the exam and apply for a “PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor” credential. A PECB Lead Auditor Certificate demonstrates that you have the capabilities and competencies to audit organizations based on best practices.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the operations of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S MS) based on ISO 45001
  • Acknowledge the correlation between ISO 45001 and other standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Understand the auditor’s role in planning, leading and following-up on a management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011
  • Learn how to interpret the requirements of ISO 45001 in the context of an OH&S MS audit

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This training is designed for Environmental, Safety, Health or Quality professionals, and recommended for:

  • Auditors seeking to perform and lead Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S MS) certification audits
  • Technical experts, managers or consultants seeking to master an Occupational Health and Safety Management System audit process
  • Individuals responsible for maintaining conformance with OH&S MS requirements
  • Technical experts seeking to prepare for an Occupational Health and Safety Management System audit
  • Expert advisors in Occupational Health and Safety Management seeking to learn how to audit a management system

OUTLINE

Day One – Introduction to OH&S management System and ISO 14001

  • Course objectives and structure
  • Standards and regulatory frameworks
  • Certification process
  • Fundamental concepts and principles of OH&S
  • OH&S Management System (OH&S MS)

Day Two – Audit principles, preparation and launching of an audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and risk
  • Initiating the audit
  • Stage 1 audit
  • Preparing the on-site stage 2 audit

Day Three – On-site audit activities

  • Stage 2 audit
  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures
  • Creating audit test plans
  • Drafting audit findings and nonconformity reports

Day Four – Closing the audit

  • Audit documentation and quality review
  • Closing the audit
  • Evaluation of action plans by the auditor
  • Beyond the initial audit
  • Managing an internal audit programme
  • Competence and evaluation of auditors
  • Closing the training

Day Five – Certification exam

The exam covers the following competency domains:

  • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S MS)
  • Domain 2: Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OH&S MS)  Domain 3: Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 45001 audit
  • Domain 5: Conducting an ISO 45001 audit
  • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 45001 audit
  • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 45001 audit programme

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

Two elements are involved in the successful completion of this course:

  1. The continual evaluation of the student’s attitudes, auditing capability, performance as team members when role playing, and communication skills.
  2. A written examination that covers the content of ISO 45001 and the application of audit principles and practices.
  • The exam duration is three (3) hours. Non-native speakers receive an additional thirty (30) minutes.
  • The exam contains essay type questions that evaluates the candidates’ comprehension, application and analyzing skills.

The aim of the exam is to evaluate the candidate knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and carry out internal and external audits in compliance with the ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 certification processes.

CERTIFICATES

After successfully completing the exam, attendees can apply for the credentials shown on the table below. Attendees will receive a certificate once compliance with all the requirements related to the selected credential is established.

The requirements for PECB ISO 45001 Auditor Certifications are:

Credential Exam Professional experience MS audit/assessment experience Other requirements
PECB Certified ISO 45001 Provisional Auditor PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent None None Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified ISO 45001 Auditor PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Two years: One year of work experience in OH&S management Audit activities: a total of 200 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Five years: Two years of work experience in OH&S management Audit activities: a total of 300 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics
PECB Certified ISO 45001 Senior Lead Auditor PECB Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Exam or equivalent Ten years: Seven years of work experience in OH&S management Audit activities: a total of 1,000 hours Signing the PECB Code of Ethics

 

To be considered valid, these audits should follow best audit practices and include the following activities:

  1. Audit planning
  2. Audit interview
  3. Managing an audit program
  4. Drafting audit reports
  5. Drafting non-conformity reports
  6. Drafting audit working documents
  7. Documentation review
  8. On-site Audit
  9. Follow-up on non-conformities
  10. Leading an audit team

For more information about ISO 45001 certifications and the PECB certification process, please refer to the Certification Rules and Policies.


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