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Top 10 facts

  1. This is the first time HSE and Local Authority Inspectors will be able to refer businesses to a central register of general health and safety consultants.
  2. The register was introduced in response to the Government commissioned report on the UK health and safety system, Common Sense, Common Safety, published in October 2010.
  3. OSHCR is intended for health and safety consultants who can work in Britain and Northern Ireland. Consultants who are currently based overseas will also be able to join.
  4. HSE is currently reviewing its guidance and will identify OSHCR as one option for employers to access competent health and safety advice
  5. Only consultants who meet specific criteria recognised by participating professional bodies in the OSHCR scheme can apply.
  6. HSE, Local Authority regulators in-house advisers and Trade Associations are not required to join the scheme.
  7. Registration is voluntary for individuals who provide commercial advice on general health and safety management issues.
  8. It will help ensure that businesses can seek advice with confidence regarding what they need to do to comply with the law and manage safety risks.
  9. Businesses will be able to search for a consultant by county, industry and topic.
  10. OSHCR Ltd has been established as a not-for-profit company. The intention is that once it is up-and-running, HSE will no longer need to be directly involved.