ISO 45001:2018 Internal Auditor (OH&SMS)
– CQI & IRCA Certified
(replacing OHSAS 18001)

ISO 45001 has replaced OHSAS 18001 and will afford organisations an opportunity to align their strategic direction with their health and safety management system thereby improving their occupational health and safety performance. The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to perform an internal audit as part of an occupational health & safety management system based on ISO 45001 (or equivalent) and report on the effective implementation and maintenance of the management system in accordance with ISO 19011. (Note: this document references ISO 45001 as the management system standard that provides the context for the internal audit. However, this course does not address ISO 45001 in detail, and does not aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills to determine conformity, or otherwise, with ISO 45001). The structure of ISO 45001 is based on Annex SL format and terminology. Annex SL was developed to ensure that all ISO management system standards share a common format irrespective of the specific discipline to which they relate. ISO 45001 has introduced a number of enhanced requirements as follows:
  • Understanding the organisational context
  • Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
  • Leadership and commitment
  • Participation and consultation
  • Documented information
  • Eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks
  • Management of change
  • Procurement
  • Contractors
  • Outsourcing
Students requiring the knowledge and skills to conduct entire occupational health & safety management system audits against ISO 45001 should be directed to attend an OH&SMS Auditor/Lead Auditor training course.)

Delivery Mode

  • Public

    01 - 02 Dec 2020
  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety Systems and the purpose of Occupational Health and Safety Audits and the Plan Do Check Act cycle
  • ISO 45001 and ISO 19011 standards
  • The purpose and structure of ISO 45001
  • The relationship between the OHSMS purpose, internal and external issues, relevant interested parties and their relevant requirements, scope, leadership and worker participation, OHS Policy, objectives, resources, operation, monitoring, measurement, analysis, evaluation and performance improvement, incidents, non-conformity and corrective action and the significance of these for OHSMS auditors and how to audit requirements
  • The Risk Assessment Process and compliance with legal and other requirements in OHS management and their significance for OHS auditors and how to audit these
  • The importance of the audit process
  • Audit preparation  - pre-audit activities
  • Audit checklists
  • Conducting the OHS audit – gathering evidence
  • Interview techniques/questioning skills
  • Auditor behaviour including roles and responsibilities
  • Reporting the audit and follow-up
  • Correction & corrective action


If you have access to a copy of ISO 45001, please bring a copy of the standard with you. If you don’t have access, a copy will be provided for you and will be collected at the end of the course.

Who should participate?

  • Any person in the organisation with responsibility for conducting internal OHS audits
  • Departmental managers and supervisory staff
  • Health and Safety Managers, Health and Safety Co-Coordinators and supervisory staff
  • Staff with responsibility for designing and implementing Occupational Health and Safety systems.


For applicants whose first language is not English, SQT recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for successful completion of this programme. It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme and delegates will have the following knowledge and skills:


  • With reference to the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle, explain the OH&S management system model for ISO 45001, and the role of internal audit in the maintenance and improvement of OH&S management systems.
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up an internal OH&S management system audit, in accordance with ISO 19011.


  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an internal audit of part of an OH&S management system based on ISO 45001, and in accordance with ISO 19011.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming is an accomplished EHSQ professional with credible technical insight coupled with best-in-class interpersonal and communication skills. In the last 14 years, he has specialized in the areas of HAZOP, risk assessment, process safety, fire safety and industrial loss prevention. Peter Has worked with over 300 organizations in Europe, China, Middle East, America, Central America primarily focusing on HAZOP studies and Risk Assessment.

Currently, he has been coordinating a number of HAZOP and SIL studies in Jubail and Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as a safety expert responsible for assessing the safety of Ma’aden operations and processes and preparing a safety risk register for Ma’aden Phosphate Company. His work encompassed beneficiation, ammonia, 3 sulfuric acid, 3 phosphoric acid and 4 diammonium phosphate plants. He has also completed a number of HAZOP studies in Saudi Arabia and Qatar for a number of clients.

What are the entry requirements?

We recommend all students have the following prior knowledge before commencing the course:

Management systems

  • Understand the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.

Occupational Health & Safety management

  • A basic knowledge of the concepts of managing occupational health and safety
  • (OH&S) through hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control and compliance with legal and other requirements.
  • A basic awareness of common examples of relevant national and local OH&S legislation and requirements.
  • Understand commonly used OH&S management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 45001.

ISO 45001

  • An understanding of the requirements of ISO 45001, which may be gained by completing an CQI IRCA-certified OH&S Foundation training course or equivalent.

This prior knowledge may be gained by completing an ISO 45001 Foundation (OHSMS) CQI & IRCA training course or equivalent.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of exercises will be carried out throughout the course using role-plays, case studies and sample documentation. Delegates are assessed throughout the course by continuous assessment. Continuous assessment is based upon the delegate’s participation and performance during the exercises, role-plays and question & answer sessions. It is essential that delegates take an active part in all course activities during the course in order that the tutor can make a full assessment of the delegate’s performance. Please note it is essential for delegates to be in attendance for the full course.

Students who successfully complete this Internal OH&SMS Auditor course will satisfy part of the training requirements for initial certification as a CQI IRCA Internal OH&SMS Auditor.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation. Course exercises can be carried out using the company’s own Occupational Health and Safety system culminating in a supervised internal audit.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Programme accreditation

This course is certified by CQI IRCA course certificate number 1971.  The International Register of Certificated Auditors (CQI IRCA) is the world's original and largest international certification body for auditors of management systems.

Peter Fleming

Duration: 2 daysPublic Price: €595
+ €30 (certification fees)

ISO 45001:2018 Internal Auditor (OH&SMS)
– CQI & IRCA Certified
(replacing OHSAS 18001)

Duration: 2 daysVirtual Training Price: €495
+ €30 (certification fees)
  • 01 - 02 Dec 2020
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