Health and safety consultants perform an important role in your business. They help to ensure your staff, visitors, and customers are safe while reducing risks in your business and ensuring you remain compliant with regulations.
Therefore, it is important that you select the right health and safety consultant. Getting it wrong can disrupt your team as well as prevent you from achieving your health and safety objectives.
Here are our tips for how to choose a health and safety consultant.
What to Look for in a Health and Safety Consultant
Here are the main things you should look out for when choosing a health and safety consultant:
Qualifications and experience
Check the qualifications of the health and safety consultant and make sure they are a member of OSHCR. There are a variety of ways to do this. You can visit https://www.oshcr.org/ to see their membership, or you can check the consultant’s website and ask for their CV.
In terms of experience, it’s helpful if the health and safety consultant has direct experience in your industry or a similar industry.
Proven track record
To check this, you will need to look further than the consultant’s website or CV. Instead, check their LinkedIn profile to look for recommendations from their past customers. You can also ask the consultant if they have any case studies. Case studies will give you a deeper understanding of what they have achieved and how they went about delivering for their clients.
Evidence they are a team player
It is essential the health and safety consultant integrates and works well with your team. You will get a feel for this when you speak to them, particularly if you meet them in person. You will also get an understanding of this by reading recommendations on LinkedIn and other third-party reviews.
A detailed quote
It is important you know exactly what you are paying for, so you should ask for a detailed quote that explains exactly what the health and safety consultant will deliver.
You need to know the scope of services being offered as well as the deliverables. Once you have this, you can ask questions to make sure everything is clear so there is no misunderstanding between what you believe you are getting and what the consultant believes they are delivering.
Following this process for choosing a health and safety consultant does take a bit of time, but it is worth it in the long-run. After all, the role is too important to leave to chance.
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