ISO 45001 Audit Checklist

Use the ISO 45001 Audit Checklist to conduct a full safety audit across your organization, as part of your preparations for the ISO 45001 certification.

ISO 45001 Audit Checklist



Clause 4: Context Of The Organisation

1. Have external/internal issues affecting OHS outcomes been identified?


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2. Have the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties been comprehended?


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3. When determining the scope of the OH&S management system, were the following considered: • The issues and requirements in the above questions. • The planned/performed work related to those activities.


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Clause 5: Leadership

1. Has external/internal issues that affect our OHS outcomes been determined?


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2. Has responsibility and accountability for all workplace/health activities and OHS outcomes been taken?


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3. Are OH&S policy/objectives aligned with our organization’s overall direction?


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4. Are OH&S requirements integrated into day-to-day organizational processes?


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5. Are the availability of all necessary resources readily available?


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6. Is the importance of OHS management communicated to the whole organization?


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7. Are direction and support provided for individuals to contribute?


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8. Is continual improvement fostered?


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9. Have other relevant management roles to display leadership been empowered?


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10. Is an OH&S-focused culture developed, led, and promoted?


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11. Are workers aware that they will be praised (not penalized) for reporting incidents/hazards/risks?


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12. Are processes for worker consultation and participation established and implemented?


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13. Have health and safety committees been established?


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14. Are responsibilities assigned, communicated, and documented?


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15. Is a feedback loop/reporting system set up to track success?


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16. Are goals aligned with legal guidelines?


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17. Have competence requirements and training needs been established by setting up training and evaluating those training programs on an ongoing basis?


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18. Are control measures determined and implemented?


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19. Have incidents/nonconformities been investigated and have corrective actions been determined?


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Clause 6: Planning

1. Has the success and continuous improvement of the OH&S management system been ensured?


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2. Has a simple and scalable risk management and hazard ID system been developed?


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3. Are responsibilities and accountabilities based on the person outlined and documented?


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4. Are all policies and procedures up-to-date and easily accessible?


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5. Are undesired effects prevented or minimized?


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6. Are the risks and opportunities based on OH&S, operational, and legal requirements identified?


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7. Is a system built for handling planned and unplanned changes in a controlled way?


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8. Are ongoing and proactive processes established, implemented, and maintained for hazard identification?


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9. Are social factors such as workload, work hours, victimization, harassment/bullying, leadership, and culture included in the above processes?


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10. Are individuals with access to the workplace and their activities, including workers, contractors, visitors, and other persons identified?


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11. Are those in the vicinity of the workplace who could be impacted by our activities identified?


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12. Are all legal documents up-to-date and readily accessible?


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Clause 7: Support

1. Is the OHS management system established, implemented, and maintained through continuous improvement?


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2. Are the necessary competencies for every role determined?


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3. Is it ensured that workers are competent based on their education, training, or experience?


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4. Are the necessary actions taken to provide and maintain the required training?


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5. Are the appropriate documents retained and updated as evidence of competence?


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6. Are workers aware of the OH&S policy and objectives?


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7. Are workers aware of their role in the OH&S management system


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8. Are workers aware of the benefits of improved OH&S performance


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9. Are workers aware of the potential consequences of nonconformance?


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10. Are workers aware of any incidents and the outcomes of investigations that are relevant to them?


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11. Are workers aware of any hazards, risks, or actions that are relevant to them?


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12. Are workers aware of their right to remove themselves from hazardous situations and the proper procedure to do so?


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13. Is proper communication ensured by documenting all information required by ISO 45001?


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14. Is proper communication ensured by creating, implementing, and maintaining processes needed for internal and external communications relevant to the OH&S management system?


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15. Is proper communication ensured by clarifying and documenting the who, what, where, when, and how involved in those systems?


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16. Is proper communication ensured by considering diversity aspects (e.g., gender, language, culture, literacy, disability) when mapping communication needs?


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17. Are all required documents retained and ensured to be up-to-date and accessible?


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18. Is the protection of these documents from loss of confidentiality, improper use, or loss of integrity ensured?


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Clause 8: Operation

1. Have the necessary documents been maintained to have confidence that these processes have been carried out as planned?


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2. Is work adapted to suit the workers?


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3. Is training provided for eliminating hazards?


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4. Is training provided for substituting with less hazardous processes, operations, materials, or equipment?


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5. Is training provided for using engineering controls and reorganization of work?


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6. Is training provided for using administrative controls, including training?


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7. Is training provided for and using adequate personal protective equipment?


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8. Are processes documented to ensure changes (i.e. locations, conditions, equipment, personnel, legal requirements) are handled in a controlled way?


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9. Is coordination of procurement processes done to identify hazards and assess and control OH&S risks associated with working with contractors?


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10. Are outsourcing arrangements consistent with legal requirements and with achieving our OH&S goals ensured?


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11. Are processes established, implemented, and maintained to respond to potential emergency situations?


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12. Is training, uptraining, and testing of those procedures conducted?


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13. Are documents related to these procedures maintained and retained?


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Clause 9: Performance Evaluation

1. Have the methods for monitoring, measurement, analysis, and performance evaluation been determined?


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2. Have the criteria against which OH&S performance been evaluated?


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3. Have the guidelines for calibrating the necessary equipment been determined?


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4. Has the time for monitoring and measuring to be performed determined?


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5. Has the data that will be analyzed, evaluated, and communicated been determined?


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6. Has it been determined where the testing, certification, and verification documents will be stored?


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7. Are processes and documents in place to determine the frequency and methods for the evaluation of compliance?


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8. Are the processes and documents available to evaluate compliance and take action if needed?


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9. Are the processes and documents available to understand compliance status with legal requirements at all times?


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10. Are internal audits conducted at planned intervals, with objective and impartial auditors?


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11. Are the results of all audits made available to stakeholders and all interested parties?


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12. How is action taken to address any issues?


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13. Are all audit documents retained and updated?


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14. Is there a system created for top management to review our OH&S management system at planned intervals?


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15. Are the audit findings communicated to workers and interested parties, including opportunities to improve?


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Clause 10: Improvement

1. Has the determination of opportunities for improvement and implementation of the necessary actions occurred?


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2. Are processes in place to report, investigate, and take action on incidents and nonconformities?


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3. When an incident or nonconformity occurs • Is timely and appropriate action taken? • Is learning and action to prevent recurrence ensured? • Is the measurement of the response and search for ways to improve undertaken?


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4. Are documents retained for the following: • The nature of incidents or nonconformities. • Subsequent actions taken. • The results and effectiveness of any actions?


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5. Is there continuous improvement of our OH&S management system through the following: • Enhancing OH&S performance • Promoting an OH&S-focused culture • Encouraging and rewarding worker participation • Communicating the relevant results of continual improvement to workers • Maintaining and retaining documents demonstrating continual improvement?


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