New QE 19011S:2008 Audit Guidance

ISO 19011:2002, “Guidelines for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing”, was issued in the United States as QE 19011. Due to the third-party and large organization focus of ISO 19011:2002, a US-only version, QE 19011S:2004, was developed and released.

The QE 19011S:2004 standard included all the text from ISO 9011:2002, plus supplemental text for first-party (internal) audits and second-party (supplier) audits, as well as, guidance for small organizations.

The new QE 19011S:2008, “Guidelines for Management Systems Auditing” addresses not only quality and environmental audits, but also occupational health and safety audits. As a result, the document title now reflects that the guidance is applicable to any management system.

Minimal changes were made to the existing guidance. The additional auditing guidance relates to:

  • Objectives of an OHSMS audit program
  • Consideration of labor management agreements
  • Determination of health, safety, and security rules
  • Communication of potential injury or illness situations
  • Potential for legal discovery issues
  • Specific knowledge and skills of OHSMS auditors
  • Determination of OHSMS auditor competencies

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