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OHSAS 18001 Step by Step: A Practical Guide by Naeem Sadiq

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CHAPTER 16: INTERNAL AUDIT (CLAUSE 4.5.5)

Summary of requirements

  • Establish an audit procedure that defines the responsibilities for planning, conducting, reporting and follow-up of internal OH&S management system audits.
  • Conduct audits at intervals planned on the basis of significance of risks, as well as the results of previous audits.
  • Determine if the OH&S management system conforms to the requirements of OHSAS 18001, and is effective in meeting its own objectives and planned arrangements.
  • Select auditors who are objective and impartial.

How can these requirements be met by an organisation?

It is best to begin by seeking clarity on the meaning of terms used in the audit process. These are:

Audit: An audit is essentially a process of independently ...

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