OHSAS 18001 Foundation (OH&SMS)

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The aim of this course is to provide a basis for students who wish to go on to complete CQI IRCA-certified OH&SMS auditor training courses. Irrespective of whether a company is a manufacturing or service industry, it has a statutory obligation to... Read More

The aim of this course is to provide a basis for students who wish to go on to complete CQI IRCA-certified OH&SMS auditor training courses.

Irrespective of whether a company is a manufacturing or service industry, it has a statutory obligation to operate in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of its workforce. Implementation of a recognised occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system such as OHSAS 18001 is one way to meet that obligation.

The aim of Health and Safety Management System Foundation training course is to provide people with an understanding of the importance of OHSAS 18001 as a tool for improving the health and safety performance of companies with reference to its employees, contractors and visitors.  This course provides a basis for students who wish to go on to complete the CQI IRCA certified OH&SMS Auditor training courses.


What's covered?

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  • How to define “health and safety”, hazards, risks and risk management
  • Explain the purpose, intent and benefits of the OHSAS 18000 series of standards
  • Evolution of occupational health and safety management systems
  • The requirements of OHSAS 18001 and the plan-do-check-act cycle.
  • Planning
  • Implementation & Operation
  • Checking and performance measurement
  • Continual improvement
  • Integrated management systems (IMS)
  • The occupational health and safety management system certification process
  • Use of OHSAS 18002

If you happen to have access to a copy of OHSAS 18001, 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 attend?

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  • Health and Safety Officers and Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Environmental Manager
  • Quality Managers
  • Safety Representatives

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?

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Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Explain the purpose and intent of the OHSAS 18000 series of standards
  • Understand the requirements of OHSAS 18001 and the relationship between health and safety management and employee protection
  • Explain the relationships between the clauses of OHSAS 18001:2007
  • Have a knowledge of management systems through the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle
  • Compare occupational health and safety systems with quality and environmental management systems such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001
  • Understand the concept of integrated management systems (IMS)
  • Know where to find guidance on OHS management systems

Who are the tutors?

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How will I be assessed?

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A variety of exercises will be carried out throughout the course. Delegates are assessed throughout the course by continual assessment. Continual assessment is based upon the student’s participation and performance during the exercises 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 student’s performance. Please note it is essential for delegates to be in attendance for the full course. 

How do we train and support you?

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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

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This course has been certified by CQI IRCA, course certificate number 18186. The International Register of Certificated Auditors (CQI IRCA) is the world's original and largest international certification body for auditors of management systems.

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This Programme (FD114) is presented by Antaris (01185832)

IRCA Certified - Programme Ref 18186

1 training day
Course Times
9.00am - 5.00pm

+ €25 for CQI IRCA Certification
(includes course documentation, lunch and refreshments)

Delivery Mode
This programme is available In-House and on certain Public dates

What They SayWhat They Say

Very informative. Excellent tutor – very knowledgeable with relevant industry experience

– Deirdre Forte, HR Manager, Medentech

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