OHSAS 18001 Audit Checklists

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Maintain an OH&S management system that aligns with OHSAS 18001

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Published November 18th, 2020

What is OHSAS 18001?

The Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 is an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It ensures that a framework is in place to proactively identify and address health and safety risks in the workplace, helping promote a safe working environment and reduce the possibility of work-related incidents.

(OHSAS 18001 is being replaced by ISO 45001 but it will stay valid as an international standard until March 2021. For more information on implementing ISO 45001, click here.)

What is an OHSAS 18001 Audit Checklist?

An OHSAS 18001 audit checklist is a tool used by safety officers to confirm if an organization’s existing occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system is aligned with the OHSAS 18001 standard. It is used to assess the organization’s readiness for third-party certification.

This article briefly discusses (1) the highlights of an OHSAS audit checklist; (2) technology to help reinforce workplace safety; and (3) free OHSAS audit checklists.

Highlights of an OHSAS 18001 Checklist

Derived from the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard’s OH&S management system requirements, an OHSAS checklist is used to confirm the following main points:

• Planning of OH&S

The OHSAS audit checklist aims to confirm if the organization conducted hazard identification and risk assessment to determine safety controls to be implemented in the workplace. It also seeks to confirm if the OH&S management system’s scope is defined and in accordance with the standard.

• Implementation of OH&S

The checklist intends to confirm if the organization’s top management is responsible for the implementation of OH&S and if the organization is conducting and documenting monitoring procedures such as internal audits to measure the effectiveness of OH&S.

• Continuous improvement of OH&S

The OHSAS checklist aims to confirm if top management is reviewing the results of the internal audits to discover areas for improvement to work on as part of the continuous improvement of OH&S.

Technology for Reinforcing Workplace Safety

An organization needs to provide proof that the OH&S being implemented is indeed effective in maintaining workplace safety and that it is aligned with OHSAS 18001. Maintaining an effective and documented OH&S management system that aligns with the OHSAS 18001 standard, however, can be challenging if the organization is dependent on paper-based documentation. Overcome the challenges of OH&S recordkeeping and maintenance with iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection app. With the iAuditor mobile app and software, safety officers and top management can:

  • Create mobile-ready checklists and conduct internal workplace safety and OHSAS audits.
  • Empower teams to proactively conduct monitoring procedures and hazard analysis using a smartphone or tablet.
  • Attach photos and annotations to inspections within the app.
  • Save time by generating comprehensive reports as safety officers finish audits.
  • Automatically secure all reports online. Preview a sample ohsas 18001 pdf and web report.
  • Utilize iAuditor’s Analytics to watch out for trends on safety issues and help measure OH&S success rates.
  • Use for free with small teams. Analytics, unlimited reports, and unlimited storage for premium accounts.
  • With these features, iAuditor can also help your organization transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 anytime.

Browse our collection of OHSAS 18001 audit checklists that you can use as part of achieving OHSAS 18001 certification and ongoing compliance.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.