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Perform Internal Audits

Perform an ISO 45001 Internal Audit

An Internal Audit is used to assess conformity, evaluate effectiveness, is a way to measure health and safety performance and identify opportunities for improvement. Consider the internal audit as a value-added activity where opportunities for effective operational health and safety corrections and improvements can be made.

Internal audits also help you prepare for external audits. External audits or Registration audits are conducted by a person outside your organization such as an agency representative or an independent third party organization like a Registrar to verify you conform to the applicable requirements.

It is necessary to demonstrate that your ISO 45001 management system is effective. During an internal audit, you will compare your OH&S system against the requirements of the standard. You will select a group of internal auditors from within your company to perform the audits.

You will begin once your system has been implemented and will need to perform internal audits before your Registration Audit. The Registration Audit is the audit which is performed by the Registrar who will issue your ISO 45001 Certificate upon successful completion of that audit. Learn more about the audit types and how to execute them.

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Before your Registration Audit, you will need to become familiar with the requirements of your system, implement and use and improve it over a period of 2-3 months.

Choose Your Audit Team

You will want to have a number of trained internal auditors for your audit program and should consider the following:

  • You will be auditing each area of your facility once or twice a year, with an audit team of 1 to 4 auditors depending on the size of the area.
  • You will want to have enough auditors trained so that the auditors will not audit their own area, and so that you are not pulling one person away from their work too often.
  • A general guidance number is 10% of the total number of employees. A company with 50 employees would train 5 auditors, and a company of 100 would train 10.
  • Look for employees that have a strength in investigating issues and that are good communicators. The better people skills the auditors have, the smoother your audits will be performed.

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