Using a health and safety consultant or adviser

3. Find a consultant

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) is a register of consultants who can offer advice to UK businesses to help them manage health and safety risks.

HSE supports the register as a trustworthy means to help businesses find consultants who:

  • are certified professionals who have a status recognised by their professional body
  • have valid insurance
  • are up-to-date on the latest standards and developments

Find a consultant on OSHCR.

If you can't find the help you need using OSHCR, there are organisations that can assist you. They include:

  • trade associations
  • safety groups
  • trade unions
  • local councils
  • health and safety training providers
  • health and safety equipment suppliers

Some of the organisations that can help you are listed below.

HSE is not responsible for and cannot guarantee the accuracy of information on sites that it does not manage; nor should the inclusion of a hyperlink be taken in itself to mean endorsement by HSE of the site, the site owner or any content to which it points.

Organisation and website link Description Specialist topic/industry
The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Trade association for acoustic, noise and vibration consultancy practices in the UK. Noise/vibration
British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Provides information, expertise and guidance in the recognition, control and management of workplace health risks.  
The British Psychological Society Representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. Psychology
British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) UK trade body within the safety industry.  
International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) Independent, educational charity providing practical support to everyone involved in managing risks.  
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Organisation providing member services and campaigning on behalf of all physiotherapy staff and the physiotherapy profession. Physiotherapy
Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) Professional society for ergonomists, human factors specialists, and those involved in user-centred design. Ergonomics
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineering institution with members in the UK and many other countries. Engineering
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Charity that promotes the advancement of environmental health. Environmental health
Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) Represents the UK independent engineering inspection and certification industry. Engineering
The Society of Occupational Health Nursing Nursing union and professional body. Nursing
British Safety Council Organisation that aims to reduce risk, prevent injuries and promote health and well-being in the workplace.  
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) The membership and awarding body for the environmental health sector. Environmental Health
Make UK Provides business support for UK manufacturing and engineering. Manufacturing and engineering
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) The professional and educational body for occupational medicine in the UK. Occupational Medicine
Institute of Acoustics Professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. Acoustics, noise and vibration
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and other professionals involved in the chemical, process and bioprocess industries. Chemical, process and bioprocess industries
The Institute of Management Services (IMS) Professional body concerned with productivity improvement techniques.  
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Chartered body for health and safety professionals.  
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) Charity that aims to save lives and prevent accidents that cause life-changing injuries.  
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) UK organisation for all healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. Occupational medicine
The Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) Professional body promoting learning and skills in the field of radiation protection. Radiation
General Medical Council (GMC) We help protect patients and improve UK medical education and practice by supporting students, doctors, educators and healthcare providers.  
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Regulate nurses and midwives. Nursing
Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA) Information body for employers seeking to access effective occupational health  
Constructing Better Health (CBH) Scheme dedicated to improving the standard of occupational health management in the construction industry. Construction
Fit2Fit Accreditation scheme for people performing face piece fit testing for respiratory protective equipment. Respiratory protective equipment
Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) A set of standards and a voluntary accreditation scheme for occupational health services Occupational health
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy
Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE) Body that certifies professional ergonomists. Ergonomics
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Examination board delivering vocational qualifications in health, safety and environmental practice and management.  
National Back Exchange (NBE) Association set up to develop, disseminate, and promote evidence-based best practice relating to manual handling activities. Manual handling

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