Are you thinking of sitting for a training on ISO 4500:2018 lead auditor course?
Have you been working as a Safety and health professional but you’re yet to know more about 45001:2018 lead auditor course!
Do you know that ISO 45001:2018 has a lot of benefits to offer you and your organization?
Are you planning to register for the course but you don’t know the right choice of reputable training firm to use?
Do you know the classroom experience when you enrol for the course?
Just follow me as I lead you to the answers from the above questions.
In this article, I would be explaining the answers with the headings below.
- WHAT IS ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD?
- WHAT IS IN ISO 45001:2018 LEAD AUDITOR COURSE?
- BENEFITS OF ISO 45001: 2018 STANDARD.
- CHOICE OF TRAINING FIRM TO ENROL FOR ISO 45001:2018 LEAD AUDITOR COURSE.
- THE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE.
WHAT IS ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD?
You’ve to know what the standard is all about before any other thing. The standard was put into use in 2018 to cater for matters relating to health and safety in the workplace. It was derived from the phased out OHSAS 18001, ILO-OSH guidelines and from international labour standards and conventions (ILSs).
ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an Occupational health and safety management system.
Just like every other ISO standard in existence, it maintains the same high-level structure with them all, otherwise known as the Annex L structure. For example, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Well, ISO 45001 is not meant to be or intended to be a legally bound document but any organization can use it as a tool to eliminate or minimize risk at work.
WHAT IS IN ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD LEAD AUDITOR COURSE?
This course is meant for practising health and safety professionals, those aspiring to be an occupational health and safety auditor. And for those who their job exposes them to occupational health and safety matters within the organization. For example, the managers, human resource personnel, and directors.
The course exposes the delegate on the knowledge and skills about managing occupational health and safety management system from the eye of an OHSMS auditor.
The knowledge and skill gained from the course will be able to help you perform audits. First-party audits, Second party audit and third-party audits according to ISO45001:2018 Standard and following ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021.
Let’s explain the following terms below before we continue.
The first party, second-party or third-party audits, ISO 19001 AND ISO /IEC 17021.
What is an audit?
An audit is a systematic independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria is fulfilled.
When you talk about the audit, you’ve to know that we have three types of audit and they’re the first-party audit second party audit and third-party audit.
The first-party audit is called the internal audit carried in an organization on its management system. For example, auditing based on organizational procedures.
It can be called a supplier auditing. For example, you’re auditing your supplier or someone buying your services and products is coming to audit you or the supplier to your organization is the one you’re auditing his place.
A third-party audit is a certification audit usually done by an independent body for legal, regulatory or for certification purposes. This particular auditing is based on the referenced regulations or standard.
They’re the guidelines for auditing management systems.
ISO /IEC 17021.
The requirements for bodies providing auditing and certification of management systems.
BENEFITS OF ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD.
ISO 45001 is the world’s first ISO standard on occupational health and safety which would help organizations to maintain and provide a healthier workplace for all.
It has so many benefits an organization and individual can benefit from but are not limited to
- Developing and implementing an Occupational Health and Safety policy
- Developing and implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Objectives.
- Reducing the cost of insurance premiums
- Reducing absenteeism from work
- Ensuring workers take an active role in occupational health and safety matters
- It helps to reduce the overall cost of incidents.
- It serves as a currency to an organization and help bring in more customers for you.
- Determining hazards associated with the work process and seeking measures to eliminate it.
CHOICE OF TRAINING FIRM TO ENROL FOR ISO 45001:2018 LEAD AUDITOR COURSE.
Not all firms would be good enough for you to enrol on the course, but if you choose any training centre, ensure that you make the right choice by asking some questions. For example, ask them to show you the list of trainers working with them and ask for their experiences.
And if their trainers are practising auditors, that would be great. If you sit under an instructor that lacks the requisite skills and knowledge and who has a shallow auditing experience, you may not be able to understand the course very well.
The ability of an instructor to relate the course with practical field experience will make you admire the beauty of the standard.
When you have registered for the course, you need to start reading the course materials before the training. And this will further make it easy for you to understand it.
Read as much as you can and prepare very well and write down the selected questions you can ask during the class sessions.
THE CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE.
Delegates are advised to take foundation courses in ISO 45001:2018 before they can take the ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor Course. This will help them to be familiar with the basis of the course.
But if you’re a fast learner, you can proceed to do the lead auditor course.
However, ISO 45001:2018 lead auditor course is a program of five days with approximately 40hrs. And on the last day, you’re expected to write a 2-hour examination to evaluate your knowledge.
A pass mark of 70 per cent is needed for you to complete the course successfully with your certificate.
Having your certificate will satisfy the training requirements for your initial certification to become an OHSMS auditor. If you’ve done the CQI-IRCA approved course, you can become an IRCA Certified auditor.
During the examination, for those writing the course in a language different from their mother tongue. You would be required to write it with a clean copy of the ISO 45001:2018 Standard document and a dictionary. Even though it’s a closed book examination.
The classroom learning is designed to be practical and not only theoretical. This is because auditing is a practical venture. So, various simulations on audits would be carried out during the class.
When you’re in the class during the training, it’s expedient that you participate in all classroom demonstrations, test, and practical so that you’ll be able to know the details of the training course. And also know that you would be assessed on your performances during those times.
Make sure you ask the trainer those questions you have pencilled down before the training and any question you have in mind so that you will have the full knowledge of the course.
Getting enrolled in ISO 45001:2018 Standard Lead Auditor course is a great choice course for every Occupational health and safety professional. It’s the right step to take for you to be more knowledgeable in the discharge of your duties at work.
The course is not limited to OSH professionals, but inclusive of anyone who is in a position to make decisions on health and safety affairs in an organization.
As an Occupational Health and Safety professional, you can go further to becoming an OSHMS Auditor having completed the course.
And this would open up windows of new opportunities for you in your career.
Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.