Internal auditing is an important requirement of ISO 45001:2018 stated in clause 9.2. It is a mandatory requirement of ISO 45001 under the main clause 9 i.e. Monitoring, measurement, analysis and performance evaluation. Normally in companies, internal auditing is a function performed by trained internal auditors from audit department or cross functional internal audit teams. The basic requirement for these auditors is competence.
In ISO 45001 which is occupational health and safety management system, the clause 9.2.2 c. Requires an organization to “select auditors and conduct audits to ensure objectivity and the impartiality of the audit process.” The objectivity of the internal audit function cannot be maintained unless the auditors know about the process of auditing and the standard which is the audit criteria i.e. ISO 45001 or organization’s internal audit criteria based on ISO 45001.
Therefore it is the necessary requirement of the standard to establish competence for internal auditors in order to perform the internal audit function objectively. ISO 45001:2018 internal audit training is focused on developing competence among professionals to audit occupational health and safety management as the requirements of ISO 45001.
Check the documented information requirement of internal auditing by ISO 45001 in list of mandatory documents.
The course is meant to train professionals for internal auditing of ISO 45001 as audit criteria and is usually 16-24 hours course offered by different training bodies. The course fee varies from country to country and from training body to training body. It usually ranges from 250 USD to 450 USD.
Some of the internal audit training providers are SGS, Bureau Veritas, BSI Group and TÜV SÜD etc. Selection of these training providers should not be limited to the training cost but it should consider factors like trainer’s profile, trainer experience in relevant sector, reviews about the trainer and facility outsourcing organization uses to deliver this training.