How to become a Health and Safety Consultant

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Health and safety consultants are contracted by commercial and public sector organisations such as construction firms, care homes, manufacturers, schools, hospitals and local authorities to provide guidance and ensure they meet their obligations under health and safety legislation.

Typical services include providing advice, drawing up health and safety policies, and carrying out risk and fire safety assessments and asbestos surveys. Many consultants also act as the 'competent person' responsible for health and safety compliance within an organisation.

Some consultants specialise in providing health and safety services in one or more specific sectors, such as catering and hospitality, education, health and social care, offices, facilities management and transport. Many consultants also provide in-house health and safety training for clients and their staff. Niche services also include Legionella and water testing, air quality testing, plant and equipment inspection, work station assessment and accessibility management.

Health and safety consultancy is not a statutorily regulated profession, but most reputable consultants register voluntarily with the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), a scheme established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other professional associations and agencies.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a health and safety consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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