ISO 45001 Audit Services

Pro QC is a Global Quality Assurance company that provides ISO 45001 audit services in over 88 countries. With over 40 years of experience in auditing, Pro QC is a trusted partner for businesses that need to improve their occupational health and safety (OHS or OH&S) management systems or prepare for a certification audit.

Pro QC’s ISO 45001:2018 audit services answer the following needs:

A buying company wants to ensure that its suppliers comply with ISO 45001
Any company that seeks to continually improve its occupational health and safety system performance
A company seeks internal audit and development support to prepare for an ISO 45001 certification audit or to maintain the certification
A supplier looks to meet their client’s OHS compliance requirements

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ISO 45001 Audit Approach

Pro QC’s ISO 45001 audit services are conducted by qualified auditors with years of auditing experience. Our technical expertise and ability to provide custom-made solutions are an asset for organizations that need to evaluate their current compliance level with the standard, prepare or maintain an ISO 45001 certification, or improve their OHS system.

Our on-site audits are based on factual observations and are designed to be impartial. During an ISO 45001 OHS audit, the auditor collects evidence on the current compliance level of the organization against the ISO 45001 standard. Once the audit is completed, the auditor will provide a list of strengths and opportunities for improvement identified during the audit that are ranked in order of importance and impact. The auditor will provide an overall assessment and score and can develop a detailed corrective action plan so clients will reach their goals successfully. Audit results, recommendations, and photographic evidence are included in the final audit report.

ISO 45001 is a top international standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHS). It provides a framework and defines the requirements for organizations to provide a safe and healthy workplace, prevent injury and ill health, and proactively improve the performance of the system. Based on these guidelines, an organization can establish the necessary policies and procedures that actively protect lives and promote health. At the same time, the organization can fulfill legal and regulatory requirements for health and safety, achieve OHS objectives, and put continuous improvement processes in place.

ISO 45001 is an OHS standard and is often used as an auditing tool for big retailers to audit their vendors and factories. This health and safety system audit is often combined with social accountability, environmental audits, and quality system audits when a vendor seeks to supply to these retailers. The audit helps buyers/suppliers identify nonconformances and encourages them to rectify the issues found. It also will provide confidence to their buyers and internal parties that they are protecting the health and well-being of their workers and other stakeholders involved in the business.

Many socially responsible organizations implement their own OHS system based on the ISO 45001 standard even though they are not seeking certification. In 2020, ISO 45001 certificates issued globally increased by 97% (source: ISO), indicating the growing importance and widening adoption of this standard.

The full name of the standard is “Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use”.

Pro QC’s ISO 45001 OHS audit checklist is based on the current, recently reviewed, and confirmed 2018 version and is comprised of:

  • Context of the organization
    • Understanding of the organization and its context
    • Understanding the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties
    • Determining the scope of the OH&S management system
    • OH&S management system
  • Leadership and worker participation
    • Leadership and commitment
    • OH&S policy
    • Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities
    • Consultation and participation of workers
  • Planning
    • Actions to address risks and opportunities
    • General
    • Hazard identification and assessment of risks and opportunities
    • Determination of legal requirements and other requirements
    • Planning action
    • OH&S objectives and planning to achieve them
    • OH&S objectives
    • Planning to achieve OH&S objectives
  • Support
    • Resources
    • Competence
    • Awareness
    • Communication
    • General
    • Internal communication
    • External communication
    • Documented information
    • General
    • Creating and updating
    • Control of documented information
  • Operation
    • Operational planning and control
    • General
    • Eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks
    • Management of change
    • Procurement
    • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Performance evaluation
    • Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation
    • General
    • Evaluation of compliance
    • Internal audit
    • General
    • Internal audit program
    • Management review
  • Improvement
    • General
    • Incident, nonconformity and corrective action
    • Continual improvement

ISO 45001 focuses on the occupational health and safety management system while ISO 9001 specifies the framework and requirements of a quality management system. The current (and first) version of ISO 45001 is familiar in format and terminology with other ISO standards. The committee that drafted and approved it made special efforts to make it harmonious with other health and safety standards and regulations. A company meeting the requirements of one ISO standard is, therefore, better positioned to meet the other standard as well as local laws. The requirements differ but do not contradict each other. It is therefore advisable to advance multiple ISO certification efforts concurrently but not necessarily to merge them into one project.

Meeting the requirements of the ISO 45001 OHS standard helps to:

  • Protect and improve the health and safety of employees
  • Demonstrate a commitment to health and safety to stakeholders
  • Reduce risk
  • Engage employees in the OHS effort
  • Put OHS continuous improvement processes in place

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Pro QC’s ISO 45001 Audit Outcomes

Audit report delivered within 72 hours after the service

Pro QC clients can expect an organized ISO 45001 OHS audit report delivered within 72 hours after the service and presented in exhaustive detail. Each report provides:

  • A summary of the audit
  • The overall audit score and compliance level with ISO 45001
  • The compliance level for each part of the standard. Each finding is explained in clear language and is color-coded.
  • The recommended corrective actions to implement
  • Objective evidence such as photos, interviews, and examined records and documents

Corrective action plan

The ISO 45001 audit is only the first step. If the compliance level is subpar, a corrective action plan should be developed and implemented to effectively improve the OHS performance sustainably. Pro QC helps the audited organization to reach full compliance by:

  • Performing an ISO 45001 EMS audit
  • Establishing a corrective action plan
  • Verifying corrective action implementation through detailed follow-up activities
  • Controlling performance and facilitating continuous improvement.

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