ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Training

Certified by Exemplar Global, this course will teach you to become an effective ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System lead auditor, conduct solo audits and manage audit teams.


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Duration: 40 hours

This ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Training course teaches everything you need to know to conduct effective audits, either as a solo auditor or head of an audit team.

Learning is enhanced by live, real-time video examples that enable course participants to experience opening and closing meetings, as well as an authentic audit.

Learners will also learn how to correctly interpret ISO 45001:2018 requirements and prepare documented information, understand the principles of the PDCA cycle, learn how to identify hazards, and know how to assess and prioritize risk.

The ISO 45001 course includes an examination. Upon successful completion, graduates have the option to seek registration as an Exemplar Global Certified Occupational Health & Safety (ISO 45001) Lead Auditor.

ISO 45001 lead auditor training and exam are online and on-demand. Both can be taken anytime and on any device.

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course you will:

  • Have a detailed understanding of the ISO 45001:2018 standard, along with its requirements, benefits, and high-level structure (Annex SL).
  • Understand how to prepare and maintain documented information.
  • Know how to use the Plan Do Check Act cycle (PDCA) to create a sustainable Occupational Health & Safety Management System that fosters a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Be able to understand, identify, and communicate best practices.
  • Understand how to identify hazards, and assess and prioritize risks.
  • Understand the processes involved in auditing, including the types of auditing and questioning techniques.
  • Have acquired the skills needed to conduct an internal audit, including preparation, and opening and closing meetings.
  • Know how to prepare and maintain lead audit reports.
  • Be able to set up and manage a team of lead auditors.
  • Have learned techniques to prepare you and your organization for the final certification audit.

Course Content

The online course is interactive and combines lectures with videos, presentations, and practical examples. Almost 200 pages of PDF handouts are provided, which learners are encouraged to retain and refer back to.

The course also provides a comprehensive set of Audit Checklists designed specifically for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management Systems. The set can be downloaded and used as a valuable tool when conducting internal audits.

Overview of ISO 45001:2018

This first part introduces ISO 45001, explaining what it is, how it's used, and the purpose and benefits of an Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System.

Requirements of an OH&S Management System

This part takes a step-by-step look at the relevant clauses in the ISO 45001:2018 standard in order to understand what they mean and what your company needs to do to comply with them.

Documented Information

Clear, well-written, and non-bureaucratic documentation is an important part of an OH&S Management System.

While documents are used for storing and sharing information, records are essentially hard copies of results (such as from an audit) or evidence of activities that have been performed. And while documents get revised from to time and are generally kept up-to-date, records are static and never revised.

Hazard Identification / Risk Assessment

This part looks at hazard identification and risk assessment, which form the core of the OH&S Management System's drive for control and improvement. The terms are easy to understand: hazards have the potential to cause harm; risks relate to the potential for hazards to arise.

Auditors will examine the controls you have in place for hazard identification and risk assessment, and will expect you to have kept records to verify that your controls have been effectively applied. From a practical standpoint, a simple methodology might look like this:

  • Look for Hazards
    Take a close look at your workplace. What are the potential hazards? What activities, materials, substances, tools or machinery have potential to cause harm?
  • Who Might Be Harmed and How
    Identify not only employees but contractors and the general public. Pay attention to the young and elderly, as well as inexperienced and disabled staff.
  • Evaluate Risks
    What's the likelihood of the hazards you've identified actually occurring? If the hazard were to occur, what harm would ensue? Are you prioritizing risk? If risks are deemed unacceptable, what are you doing to control them?
  • Record your Findings
    Maintaining written records is essential. Keep them to demonstrate compliance with legal requirements and the ISO 45001:2018 standard, and as evidence to show the external auditor during your company's certification audit.
  • Review and Revise
    Regularly review risk assessments to ensure that controls are still adequate for existing hazards. Risk assessments should also be reviewed and revised whenever new hazards are introduced into the workplace (such as new substances or machinery).

Risk Management

This part introduces the concept of risk management and how it applies in an ISO 45001 OH&S Management System.

Audit Process

This part gives an overview of internal auditing and includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the opening meeting.

Audit Terms and Definitions, and Roles and Responsibilities

Terms and definitions are introduced and explained, as well as a discussion of the roles and responsibilities expected from a company's internal auditor. This module also includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of audit questions and answers.

Performing an Audit

This part includes a video tutorial that gives a practical "real-life" demonstration of an auditor conducting the closing meeting.

Nonconformities and Corrective Action

Nonconformities (also known as non-conformities or non-conformances) are the "gaps" in your OH&S Management System that don't fully comply with ISO 45001:2018 requirements. Corrective actions are actions taken to address these gaps. Keeping a record of all such nonconformities and corrective actions is a crucial part of auditing.

Who Should Take ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Training?

This course is ideal for:

  • Staff who've been appointed solo auditor or leader of the company's ISO 45001 audit team.
  • Safety professionals who need an in-depth understanding of ISO 45001 OH&S audit practices.
  • Individuals who want to conduct third-party audits, work as a registrar auditor, or otherwise seek to expand their career opportunities as a Certified ISO 45001 Lead Auditor.

Certificate of Completion

Graduates of this ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Training course receive a Certificate of Completion with the Exemplar Global accreditation mark. The certificate provides evidence of successfully passing the training program.

Certificate ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Training

To receive a Certificate of Completion, you need to pass the final exam. It's a multiple-choice assessment with a passing score of 60%. The exam can be re-taken unlimited times without additional charge.

What's Included

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Jean Haslemere

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars9 February 2023

Vastly superior training that I'd recommend to anyone encharged with managing their company's OH&S audit program. It takes a long time to finish and covers a ...

Vijay Naryanan

Reviewer Rating 5 Stars2 April 2023

This is a most satisfactory course that I took on my home PC. I spent about 2 hours per day on my studies and passed the ...

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