Top 10 facts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HSE is currently reviewing its guidance and will identify OSHCR as one option for employers to access competent health and safety advice
- Only consultants who meet specific criteria recognised by participating professional bodies in the OSHCR scheme can apply.
- HSE, Local Authority regulators in-house advisers and Trade Associations are not required to join the scheme.
- Registration is voluntary for individuals who provide commercial advice on general health and safety management issues.
- 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.
- Businesses will be able to search for a consultant by county, industry and topic.
- 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.