Auditing OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 for 4 Business Units

kgott

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This business is an engineering consultancy consisting of 4 busienss units each doing different things but all have essentially the same processes. Most jobs are one or two person jobs with only a day or two on site.

They all get the work, go the cleints sites which can be anywhere inside or outside the country, do the work, come back to the office and write reports for the cleints.

I'm developing an internal audit plan based on status and importance to us and the cleints and the results of previous audits as we go along, no worries there.

This is where the problem arises. If I am to audit all the requirements of OHS 18001, 9001 and 14001 in a year I will be pretty busy auditing 3 systems x 4 business units so I will do process audits of the core processess above incorporating requirements from each of the 3 systems. Sounds great but as I see it I'm still going to be doing a lot of audits.

Previous expereince has taught me that about 2 audits a month is about what my workload permits as I do other HSEQ things so I'm looking for ideas on how to go about scheduling and doing the audits. All ideas gratefully accepted.

thanks for your help
 
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Re: Auditing OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 x 4 Business Units

Have your reviewed BSI PAS-99 to see how you could be integrated these three management standards as part of single audit. Annex “C”, I believe, contains a correlation with management standards such as 9001, 14001, 22301 and OHSAS 18001.
 

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Whilst I normally recommend trying to address all the clauses of a standard in a year, there is of course no 'shall' in the standards regarding this. My usual baseline is that everything needs to be audited at least once within the 3 year life of the certificate.

As you know, there are a lot of common clauses between the 3 standards such as audits and management review, doc control and records etc. so that will cut down some of the audits anyway.

Given the type of work you describe it suggests that the EMS side of things will be low complexity and the OHS risks will be mostly based around the site site activities (obviously there are risks and hazards in the office but not huge ones I suspect) so again not too complex.

Hopefully by the time you factor these things into the 'status and importance' consideration you should have a manageable programme.
 
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