OHSAS 18001 training
In a recent study by University College Cork, businesses using the OHSAS 18001 system benefitting from reducing risk to health and safety, so they had less claims to deal with. They also found that OHSAS 18001 systems were over two times as cheap to run than other health and safety management systems. In addition, OHSAS 18001 is also designed to be easily combined with ISO 9001 quality standards and ISO 14001 environmental standards to make a comprehensive management system program. With evidence like this, it is no wonder that the OHSAS 18001 system is being implemented all over the world. Of course where there are new systems, there is also professional training to acquaint people with how to implement them effectively.
There are three main choices for 18001 training
, each suited to different levels of responsibility. The first type of 18001 training
is the single day awareness course. Designed to be a useful introduction to the 18001 system, a typical one day course may cover issues such why the system was put in place, an overview of the framework, why an effective 18001 system is good for your business, introduction to the documentation and how to gain 18001 certification.
The next type of 18001 training
to consider is the internal auditor course. This course usually runs over two days, but occasionally runs over a single day depending on the provider that is offering the course. It's more in depth than the awareness or introduction courses and is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skill they need to implement and monitor the 18001 system in their own company. Typical internal auditor courses can cover: defining auditing, 18001 requirements, people skills in auditing, planning an audit, performing an audit and report on an audit, audit terminology, and the reasons for audits.
The internal auditor course is only suitable if you are auditing your own company. You cannot audit subcontractors or outside organisations with this course.
The last type of 18001 training
course to consider is the five day IRCA certified lead auditor course. This course is designed for three types of candidate in particular. The first is those that wish to become an IRCA OHS MS certified auditor. The second is those that wish to audit their own subcontractors and the third is those that are in charge of gaining the 18001 certification for their company.
Longer and more in-depth than the other 18001 training
courses the lead auditor courses tend to cover the following: The 18001 standards, OHSA legislation, codes of practice, risk evaluation, hazards, evaluating information, interviewing skills, non conformance and follow up programs. By the end of the course successful candidates can expect to: have the ability to evaluate how well your own organisation meets the 18001 standards, develop a audit process system to make the evaluation easier and more effective and to understand why audits are needed within the 18001 system. Please note that there are additional requirements if you wish to become a certified lead auditor. Speak to your training provider for more details.