Safety Auditor Certificate (SAC)

Safety Auditor Certificate (SAC): $795.00

Our Safety Auditor Certificate will show you:

  • How to analyze and document workplace hazards

  • How to perform a workplace safety inspection

  • How to investigate, analyze and document a workplace accident


Safety Auditor Certificate (SAC)

Course Objectives:

This is a comprehensive and thorough course. There is no more important skill to the safety professional than the ability to discover and remedy hazards before they can injure workers. This is the purpose of the workplace safety auditor and his & her three primary tools: Hazard Analysis, Inspections, and Accident Investigation. The purpose of a workplace safety audit is to discover circumstances, situations, equipment, or materials that may harm a person. The objective is not regulatory compliance, and it is not saving money, it is the avoidance of human injury. Regulatory compliance and monetary gain are collateral benefits, not the primary objective.

It is a certainty that accidents cost money. They cost money in medical expenses, insurance, lost work, and a variety of indirect costs. Regulatory compliance is also an important part of ensuring a safe workplace. But there is not a regulation to cover every hazard. In fact, OSHA addresses this issue by citing the General Duty Clause when no specific standard applies to a situation that could injure a worker. The General Duty Clause states, "Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees, employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees."

Rather than an auditor in the sense of a financial auditor, consider yourself an investigator in the sense of a detective who is carefully searching for clues that indicate potential injury scenarios. But, no matter how thorough you are in discovering hazards, that's only the first step. Be sure that the hazards you discover are remedied in a timely fashion. For every hazard you discover, you must first attempt to eliminate the hazard through Engineering Controls. If the hazard cannot be remedied by Engineering Controls, then you must attempt to eliminate or control it through Administrative Controls. Only if it can not be controlled by Engineering Controls or Administrative Controls may you use PPE as the remedy.

Above all, remember that people will retain or lose life and limb based upon how well you perform the safety audit function. The required amount of time to complete the course is dependent upon your knowledge of workplace safety, but we find that the average completion time is approximately 24 hours. You have up to six months to complete the course.

Course Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Online Exams:

The student will take a comprehensive online exam at the end of the course. You must score 80% to receive certification. You have three opportunities to pass each exam.


A refresher course and exam will be required every three (3) years. The cost of this recertification is $195.

Optional Credits:

Through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2.4 CEUs are offered for this course. If you are interested in receiving CEUs for this course, upon successful completion of the exam, please either download the form and instructions here or obtain the form and instructions from a Member Services Representative by calling 800-922-2219 or clicking here.