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    VOLUNTARY REGISTER FOR H&S CONSULTANTS NOW OPEN

    Health and safety consultants invited to sign up to a new independent register

    The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) has been opened in response to recommendations in the Government report – Common Sense Common Safety. The register has been established by professional bodies representing general safety and occupational health consultants across the UK, with support from HSE.

    The register will be freely accessible and searchable for employers from early spring 2010.

    Participation is voluntary and open to individuals who provide commercial advice on general health and safety management issues and who have achieved at least one of the following:-

    • Chartered status with IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health); CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health); or REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) with health and safety qualifications;
    • Fellow status with IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) with degree level qualifications;
    • Member or Fellow status with BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) Faculty of Occupational Hygiene; and
    • Registered Member or Fellow status with IEHF (Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors).
    Overcomplication and ‘misperception’

    All consultants wishing to join the register will be asked to declare that they will demonstrate adequate continuing professional development; abide by their professional body’s code of conduct; provide sensible and proportionate advice; and have professional indemnity insurance or equivalent to cover the nature of their duties.

    The application process will include a check of an individual’s membership status with the relevant professional body.Speaking on behalf of all the organisations involved in developing OSHCR, HSE Chair Judith Hackitt said:

    “There are already many very good health and safety consultants who give sensible and proportionate advice to employers, but there are also those who may overcomplicate health and safety, miss important hazards or contribute to misperceptions about what is really needed to protect people at work.

    This register offers a level of assurance to businesses that those consultants on the register have met set standards within their professional body. It will be an independent way of demonstrating professional competence in occupational health and safety consultancy and should also encourage those who have not yet met these standards to do so.”

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