How Do You Conduct An ISO 45001 Internal Audit

ISO 45001:2018 is the latest revision of the ISO 45001 standard developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO). This ISO standard is concerned with occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems. 

It serves as a basic framework to establish, implement, maintain, and improve safety in the workplace, and setting forth OH&S objectives that your business can work toward as you identify opportunities for improvement. 

And as part of the requirements of ISO 45001, you must conduct audits regularly, and assess audit results and audit findings to identify ways that you can continually improve health and safety. But how do you conduct the internal audit process? Find out in this guide, where we’ll discuss the basics of ISO 45001 internal auditing. 

1. Choose The Right Internal Auditor

You will need to make sure you choose the right person within your organization to perform internal audits. A good candidate should have the following qualifications and qualities:

  • Familiarity with the ISO 45001 standard
  • An understanding of the company structures and procedures
  • Experience in risk management
  • The ability to think methodically and logically
  • Good evaluation skills
  • Excellent writing abilities for generating internal reports

If you cannot find a person within your organization to handle this job, you can hire a new employee, or even an outside company like Best Practice to perform the audit for you. 

2. Maintain A Consistent Internal Audit Program

Before beginning your internal audit program, make sure that you come up with a plan to maintain consistency, by doing things like reviewing previous audits and documented information before each audit, performing audits at regular, planned intervals, and always using the same audit methods and procedures. 

3. Use An ISO 45001 Checklist During Audits

Since ISO 45001 is concerned with occupational health and safety, and internal audits are required to obtain certification and to maintain certification, it’s a good idea to equip your internal auditor with an ISO 45001 checklist to use during the audit process. These checklists contain questions based on the 7 core standards of ISO 45001, as follows:

  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Improvement

Using this checklist, your auditor will be able to quickly assess how your facility or site is performing with regards to ISO 45001, and use this information as a quick reference when developing their audit report.

4. Generate A Comprehensive Audit Report 

Once the audit is complete, your auditor must create a comprehensive audit report outlining their findings. These reports are extremely valuable tools, as they provide written documentation of how your organization is performing. 

This can be useful for ISO 45001 compliance, but also as a general tool to assess your overall occupational health and safety performance. By generating regular reports, you are able to look at previous reports and audit results, and see how you’ve improved – and what areas could use further improvement. 

5. Take Corrective Actions Based On Your Findings 

Audit reports should not just be filed and then ignored. The entire purpose of an ISO 45001 internal audit is to understand the real-world conditions at your job site, plant, or another facility, and take action when you find issues that require correction.

For example, if you run a construction company and your auditor finds that your employees are not properly securing themselves when working on scaffolding, you need to implement corrective actions such as training, new signage, penalties, or other such actions to ensure they comply – and that the safety issue is addressed. 

Need Help With ISO 45001 Certification And Audits?

Best Practice is a JAS-ANZ accredited certification body that provides ISO 45001 certification, auditing, and consulting services throughout Australia. 

Whether you’re already ISO 45001 certified and need help with internal audits, or you are seeking to become certified for the first time, our experts are here to help. Contact us online to schedule an appointment and get started today.

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