Last edited 08 Sep 2016

Health and safety consultant

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[edit] Introduction

Buildings can present a great number of possible risks both in construction and operation. There are many duties placed on those commissioning, designing, constructing and operating buildings to control those risks.

The role of the health and safety consultant is to promote a positive health and safety culture in the workplace. They are primarily responsible for ensuring that risks in the workplace are controlled and that organisations are successfully meeting safety standards.

[edit] Roles

The typical role will include:

Consultants can advise on a range of issues which include:

  • Dealing with deleterious materials, such as asbestos.
  • Health issues.
  • Noise and vibration problems.
  • Stresses and strains.
  • Assisting people returning to work after a serious injury or illness.

[edit] Typical qualifications

Many degree-level qualifications are offered at a postgraduate level and there are various accredited courses that can be joined after attainment of a relevant first degree-level qualifications such as:

[edit] The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register is a register of consultants who are in a position to offer general advice to UK businesses to assist them in managing their health and safety risks. It is possible for businesses to search the register in order to find a local, experienced consultant.

[edit] The Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH)

The Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) is the chartered body for health and safety professionals and it is possible to join the institution at various membership grades ranging from Affiliate Member right up to Chartered Fellow. The institution runs a variety of training courses and conferences and has its own Code of Conduct for members to follow.

The IOSH have produced a guidance document for appointing health and safety consultants and when they may be required.

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