PDC 704

OHS Management System Auditor







intermediate | Credits: 16 CM Credit Hours / 1.6 CEU / 1.0 CMP
Saturday, Sunday, May 21 & 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 30




Individuals performing management system audits are required to be competent. This 2-day PDC provides two distinct sets of knowledge and skills needed by OHSMS auditors – audit skills and an understanding of occupational health and safety management system requirements. Day 1 will focus on understanding OHSMS requirements, as set out in ANSI Z10, OHSAS 18001 and the new ISO 45001. It will compare the similarities and differences between these standards and how a management system approach will help an organization better manage risk and maintain regulatory compliance. Day 2 will focus on developing the auditing skills needed to perform OHSMS audits.


Participants should have a general understanding of occupational health and safety topics and regulatory requirements.  Must be willing to work in a group and present findings to the class.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop or tablet.

Value Added

The PDC is designed to prepare individuals to complete a proficiency exam in order to demonstrate competency as an OHS Management System Auditor.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify OHSMS requirements and assess conformance to those requirements
  • Prepare an audit plan and effective checklists for an OHSMS audit
  • Apply OHS knowledge and skills to collect verifiable audit evidence
  • Write actionable audit findings and prepare appropriate audit reports


Day 1:

  • What a management system is and how it differs from a program
  • Elements and requirements of an OHS management system
  • Comparing and contrasting requirements: OSHA VPP, ANSI Z10, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001
  • Integrating OHS elements into a quality or environmental management system based on ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Day 2:

  • What an audit is and what auditors need to know to audit management systems
  • Requirements for an effective audit program
  • Audit preparation – Creating effective checklists and an achievable audit plan
  • Collecting the audit evidence needed to assess management system conformance
  • Writing audit findings and preparing audit reports
  • After the audit: What needs to be done once the audit is complete

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Lecture
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Group activities

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