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Health and Safety Consultants

A health and safety consultant will provide advice and support to help companies manage their health and safety obligations and ensure legal compliance.
When selecting a consultant companies should ensure they have the required expertise and competence to carry out the work they are being asked to do. This can be done by simply enquiring about professional qualifications, experience and membership of any professional bodies the consultant may have. It is vitally important to check the consultant has the appropriate level of professional indemnity insurance.

Here are some general health and safety components a consultant can help with;-
  • Development of your companies health and safety policy (This is legally required for companies where 5 or more people are employed).
  • Providing health and safety training (fire safety, first aid, manual handling, risk assessment, display screen equipment, etc).
  • Development your companies business continuity plan (BCP)
  • Development of an occupational health and safety management system OHSAS 18001 (health and safety standard).
  • Providing independent health and safety auditing.
  • Providing an asbestos survey (required in all buildings built before 2000).
Before appointing a consultant It is important to put in place a contract to avoid future misunderstandings. The contract should cover the following;-
  • Scope of the works.
  • Fees.
  • Responsibilities (of both parties).
  • Deadlines.
  • Service level agreement.
  • Communication.
  • Terminating the contract.
It may also be a requirement to get your consultant to sign a confidentiality agreement if access is required to company information that may be of a sensitive nature.


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