Choosing the right health and safety consultant for your business
There are times when every business needs to put it hands and say “to be honest, we need a little help”. Every business has its own specialism, but outside of this core activity, there will be areas which crop up in the day-to-day running of your business that you have little or no idea about. Health and safety is one such area.
Whilst many businesses will have a first aid officer to deal with minor injuries or to dish out the occasional painkiller, and perhaps a fire officer to organise fire drills, when it comes to the important business of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your employers, this is a job best left to the professionals.
An ‘exact match’ Google search for the term “health and safety consultant” delivers 195,000 results. So, with such a high number of providers of outsourced health and safety solutions, how do you know which provider is right for you?
Institution of Occupation Safety and Health (IOSH) membership
Membership of the Institution of Occupation Safety and Health (IOSH) can only be achieved by health and safety professionals who have undergone a period of initial development and have been subject to an intensive peer review interview. Graduate, Chartered or Fellow memberships are indicative of the highest level of health and safety experience and expertise.
In the field of health of safety, experience counts for a lot. A provider that has been in business for a considerable amount of time is usually doing something right. Health and safety is one area where word of mouth counts for a lot. Without positive recommendations it would be difficult for an outsourced provider of a substandard solution to stay in business. Extensive experience along with IOSH membership are two signs that you’re looking in the right direction.
What type of work have the health and safety consultants completed in the past? If they have worked with businesses in similar fields to your own, this is often a good sign that they have the specialist knowledge you will need. Also, have they ever completed a government contract? The government contract tender process ensures that the quality of their health and safety training is good, their prices are competitive and they can work to deadlines.
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Of course all this is redundant if your health and safety requirements can be met in-house. Many businesses regard an outsourced health and safety consultant as an unnecessary expense; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Outsourcing to an experienced and accredited health and safety consultancy provides your business with the benefit of employing multiple experts in one, thereby reducing the potential personal, social and financial cost of an accident.
For expert advice from an experienced, accredited and dedicated team of health and safety consultants, call businesssafety.ie today on 0818 333 212 or get in touch via our online enquiry form.