EEF launches approved course for auditing new Health & Safety Standard – ISO 45001
UK manufacturers now have the opportunity to become certified to the world’s first globally recognised health & safety standard with the opportunity to train their internal auditors via a new course being launched by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.
The new ISO 45001 standard will add a number of new concepts – such as leadership, continuous improvement and stakeholder management. For health & safety it presents an opportunity for businesses to be more strategic, including the requirement to look at the wider health and safety implications of the supply chain, i.e. procurement, outsourcing as well as contractors.
For global businesses it provides a framework to manage health & safety consistently across international borders and ensure that it is managed and measured consistently. For small and medium size businesses it will also bring them in to line with international approaches to risk management and will give them an edge when competing for global contracts.
EEF is launching its first IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) approved course in partnership with QMS Skills to help companies gain the auditing skills needed to help facilitate the transition to ISO 45001 certification. It starts with a two-day auditor transition course on 17 April and will be followed by further courses, including a five day lead auditor course later in the year.
Course attendees will gain IRCA certification which is recognised internationally with many organisations using it as a benchmark requirement for auditors. It will also give attendees a wider insight into the Annex SL Higher Level Structure and from this the opportunities that come from integrating management systems for issues such as quality and environment.
Details can be found at eef.org.uk/45001
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