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Health and safety issues affect all organisations, and potential risks and legal obligations cannot be ignored. Implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System based on OHSAS 18001 can provide a structured framework to reduce risk.

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Internal Auditor Course

Internal audits can contribute significantly to maintaining the effectiveness of a health and safety system and lead to improved performance. A well-established internal audit programme will highlight problems and enable them to be detected before they are found by an external auditor.


During this two-day course, delegates will be guided through the elements of an internal audit based on a health and safety management system. They will learn the fundamentals of the standard as well as how to plan, conduct and report on an internal audit. They will also gain the practical auditing knowledge needed to review the effectiveness of an HSMS.


  • Describe the purpose of a health and safety management system and the requirements of OHSAS 18001
  • Understand the audit model
  • Undertake the role of an internal auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit in accordance with ISO 19011 and by interpreting the updated requirements of OHSAS 18001
  • Conduct a ‘mock’ audit based on good process identification, sampling and questioning


Health and Safety Management Systems Auditor Conversion Course (IRCA approved)

This course is for trained and professional auditors, who wish to extend their auditor scope to cover HSMS systems.


To be effective and to bring real benefits to organisations, the auditor needs a clear understanding of OHSAS 18001 requirements and a good audit process. The course will deliver these aims.


The course is also beneficial to delegates who wish to extend their knowledge of quality and/or environmental auditing into Operational Health and Safety and is equally suitable for service and manufacturing organisations.


The aim of this 3 day course is to help auditors of other management systems (QMS, etc) to transfer their skills to auditing HSMS systems to OHSAS 18001. This course is a key requirement in becoming a Registered Auditor or Lead Auditor under the internationally recognised IRCA scheme.


The course follows an accelerated blended learning style with minimum lectures and maximum delegate involvement. It will give an understanding of quality system auditing, supported by case studies and workshops which develop essential auditor skills.


The programme concludes with an exam.


Executive Briefing/Awareness

Objective: To provide an introduction and awareness training to enable delegates to understand the principles and the need for an effective health and safety management system.

  • What is a management system: general principles and rationale?
  • Overview of BS OHSAS 18001
  • Effort and involvement required of senior management and staff members
  • The new structure of standards: generic requirements and what to expect from the migration to ISO 45001
  • What to expect from a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) audit.


From 18001 to ISO 45001

The new international standard for health and safety, ISO 45001 will be published in early 2018, and there will be a transition period for organisations to migrate their 18001 systems to the new standard. This half-day programme provides an overview of what to expect from the new standard:


  • The international context
  • Key points on management of health and safety at work
  • Integrating health and safety into your management system

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Contact Kerrie

Contact us for course dates and locations, or download our course calendar.

If you have four or more delegates, you may find that an in-company training is more cost-effective for your organisation. Contact us for a quote.


For more information about any courses or to enrol on one of our courses, please contact us on +44 (0)1322 31 48 55 or kerrie.cullen@afnor.co.uk .


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