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Occupational Health and Safety Lead Auditor (OHS(LA)) Training

The training is a comprehensive treatment of the knowledge requirements of:

  • ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems), and
  • ISO 19011 (Guidelines for Auditing Management System), reinforced through detailed discussion of practical application.
  • 35-hour instructor lead program
  • The course is structured into a series of modules, supplemented with breakout group sessions, and case studies
  • Instructors are risk-based management system auditors, with a wealth of experience in applying the standards to real life situations.

Successful completion of the course:

  • Meets the formal training requirements of the Certified Health and Safety Management System Lead Auditor for those that chose to pursue the designation
  • CEU (Continuing Education Credits): 3.5
  • Complements any COR Safety program!

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While the course is a lead auditor course, its value for non-auditors cannot be overstated. Those charged with developing or managing occupational health and safety will benefit from the skills and knowledge gained by participating. In addition, to internal and external OH&S management system auditors, health and safety managers, and implementation team members will benefit.

On successful completion of this course participants will understand:

  • The purpose and benefit of risk based management systems
  • The requirements, definitions, concepts and guidance of the ISO 45001 standard
  • The critical role of auditors in the process
  • All aspects of managing audit programs, and conducting audits – i.e. the roles and responsibilities of the auditor in accordance with ISO 19011
  • The concepts, definitions and guidance of ISO 19011 and be able to apply them in daily practice
  • All phases of a risk-based audit
  • The importance of personal attributes, including how to communicate effectively
  • How to develop meaningful findings and clear value added reports
  • How to identify, assess, and techniques for controlling hazards, and 
  • How to assess the conformity and adequacy of an organization’s management system.


ISO 19011 Modules Include:

  • Clearly set forth Learning Objectives, Introduction to Audit; the value of audit; auditor traits, roles and responsibilities
  • The evolution of the standard; navigating the standard; Annex A; and Consideration of Audit Principles
  • Terms and definitions
  • Managing an Audit Programme
  • Audit Process - a discussion of the activities throughout the audit lifecycle, and
  • Competence and Evaluation of Auditors

ISO 45001 Modules Include:

  • Introduction to management systems; introduction to risk, due diligence, stakeholder expectations; and discussion of the regulatory context (introduction to jurisdictions, regulations and penalties)
  • Overview of ISO 45001 – structure, introduction, scope
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Context of the Organization
  • Leadership, Commitment and Safety Culture
  • Planning - including consideration of Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control; Legal and Other Requirements; Health and Safety Objectives.
  • Support - Resources, Competence, Awareness, Communication, and Documented Information
  • Operation - Operational Planning and Control, Management of Change, and Emergency Response
  • Performance Evaluation – Monitoring and Measuring, Audit, and Management Review, and
  • Improvement – Incident, Nonconformity and Corrective Action, and Continual Improvement

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Supporting EHS and Risk Management since 1991

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