ISO Publishes ISO 19011:2011

| December 9, 2011

In November 2011, ISO published the revision of ISO 19011 as an International Standard (ISO 19011:2011).  This second edition of the standard cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 19011:2002).

The most significant change is that the scope of the standard has been broadened from the auditing of quality and environmental management systems to the auditing of any management system.  This includes audits of occupational safety and health management systems.  ISO 19011:2011 specifically references OHSAS 18001:2007 in the bibliography and includes an “Illustrative example of discipline-specific knowledge and skills of auditors in occupational health and safety management” in Annex A.8.  This expansion in the scope of the standard to cover OH&S management system audits is the primary reason that I participated in this standard development effort as one of the U.S. experts.

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