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OSHCR Online Register for Safety and Health Consultants

22 June 2011

Businesses can now find consultants with experience in their type of work on the newly established Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) (

By logging onto this easy-to-use online register of consultants from around the UK, a business can search the database for consultants according to keyword(s), county, industry or topic, free of charge, to find a suitably qualified consultant in his/her locality to give general advice on how to manage the health and safety risks they encounter. All the consultants listed have had their qualifications and experience assessed by their professional body.

Set up by a number of professional bodies** representing general safety and occupational health consultants across the UK, with support from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the OSHCR stemmed from the Government commissioned report on UK health and safety ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’ published in October 2010. OSHCR is a not for profit organisation owned by these professional bodies working together to meet several of the report’s aspirations for improved competence in external health and safety advice.

Hazel Harvey, Executive Director - Membership for IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), who is also a director of OSHCR, comments that "For many years, those organisations representing health and safety professionals wanted a system of accreditation for their members. Lord Young’s report was the renewed impetus to establish what is now known as OSHCR, a self-financing body."

Barbara Hockey of the Business Involvement Unit of the HSE, which is temporarily administering OSHCR until it becomes more established, remarks that "In the first six months we have seen a significant interest in joining the register, and registrations have now reached over 2,500. This is very encouraging and I am sure the register will improve standards amongst those who give external health and safety advice and help businesses to find good, tailored advice more quickly. The register also provides professional recognition for those who aspire to get on in this career."

The minimum standard for registered consultants is a degree level qualification, at least two years experience and active engagement in a continuing professional development scheme. Consultants who join the register are bound by their professional body/bodies code of conduct and are committed to providing sensible and proportionate advice. OSHCR registration is voluntary and renewable annually.

The professional bodies include:

  • British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
  • Institute of Ergonomic and Human Factors (IEHF)
  • International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM]
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health [IOSH]
  • Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)

Founder and managing director of Medway Safety, Steve Gerring, who was approved in the first few months, says, "Whilst we professionals may have been sceptical about how the OSHCR would work, I now believe the register will ensure the quality and credibility of the service provided by the consultant and their organisation. Within a week of being listed, I had a serious enquiry from a business seeking advice. I continue to find my registration worthwhile and in recent introductory meetings with clients, have found there is an awareness of the register, even if it has not been used to find a consultant. The OSHCR will obviously fulfil a need within the business community, knowing that a Health & Safety consultant has been judged by his or her peers to be sound."

Steve Gerring’s company, the award-winning health and safety training and consultancy firm, Medway Safety, employs a core team of seven people, supplemented by specialist associates. The firm undertakes policy writing, audits, inspections, risk assessments and assistance with CHAS, Construction and ‘Safecontractor’ applications, and can also fulfil the function of CDM-C in respect of some projects, such as house building, refurbishment and m&e works. It also provides nationally recognised health and safety training from IOSH, NEBOSH, UKATA, IFE and the CIEH. See

Hazel Harvey, of IOSH says that most of the registered OSHCR members currently hold chartered status with IOSH. "Our membership also includes facility managers who have re-trained as health and safety practitioners," she continued. "They find it worthwhile to have these additional qualifications to be able to better serve their clients and many of them will no doubt apply for OSHCR registration, if they have not already."

The professional bodies and other stakeholders involved in OSHCR are: British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS); British Safety Council; British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF); Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH); Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI); Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF); International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM); Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH); National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH); Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

Medway Safety Limited 267 High Street Chatham Kent ME4 4BN T: 0845 269 5550 E: for further information.

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