OHS Auditor Criteria

Occupational Health & Safety Management System Auditor Certification

This scheme is represented on the Health & Safety Scheme Committee 

The Scheme

Certification criteria for Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS) auditors have been developed by SAATCA  in order to certificate auditors conducting independent internal or external audits, indicating that they have the skills required to effectively perform Occupational Health & Safety Management System audits.

The criteria for the scheme has been aligned with the requirements of the International Auditor and Training Certification Association (IPC), the requirements of ISO 19011,ISO 17021 and OHSAS 18001.


This program has been developed to meet the following objectives:

  • To raise the level of professional recognition for OH&SMS auditors
  • To add value to OH&SMS audits by ensuring auditor competence
  • To provide international recognition of auditors certified in Southern Africa
  • To assist organisations in selecting appropriately qualified auditors
  • To provide credible and accountable OH&SMS auditor certification program

About OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001 specifies the requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, to enable an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance. It does not state specific OH&S performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specifications for the design of a management system.

OHSAS 18001 is applicable to any organization that wishes to:

  • establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities
  • implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system
  • assure itself of its conformance with its stated OH&S policy
  • demonstrate such conformance to others
  • seek certification/registration of its OH&S management system by an external organization
  • make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with the OHSAS standard

All the requirements in this OHSAS standard are intended to be incorporated into any OH&S management system. The extent of the application will depend on such factors as the OH&S policy of the organization, the nature of its activities and the risks and complexity of its operations.

This OHSAS standard is intended to address occupational health and safety rather than product and services safety.

Criteria for Certification

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