Answer: Every business who wants to provide a safe work environment for all of its employees.
Regardless of the size or sector of your business, having a health and safety management system in place and ensuring that you are providing a safe work environment for your employees is a priority. The only problem is that recruiting a full-time salaried employee to fill this position, quite often doesn’t make economic sense, but there is another option!
You can outsource to a health and safety consultant (KS Health & Safety for example), who will provide the HSE solutions you need cost-effectively and competently.
We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions business owners often ask before recruiting an HSE consultant…
What does a health and safety consultant do?
A health and safety consultant is hired as a third-party professional with specialist knowledge and expertise in the field of health and safety. Unlike an in-house employee, they will not have the added concern of having to juggle health and safety with other positional matters; the consultant focuses solely on making sure your company meets all rules and regulations.
Who needs a health and safety consultant?
Health and safety consultants work with organisations of all sizes, across all sectors. From businesses in the construction industry to car garages, they all have health and safety regulations that must be followed.
Why should you hire a health and safety consultant?
As a professional consultant, they’re fully dedicated to their role and will not get bogged down by your company’s internal affairs, nor are they influenced by your past safety record. These professional consultants, in general, are ahead of the curve for safety and training in their field of expertise. Many businesses may be wary about bringing in an outside contractor, but hiring a health and safety consultant can save your company money, increase the employee productivity, and give you peace of mind that your business is adhering to all health and safety measures.
What should you look for when hiring a health and safety consultant?
It’s essential when hiring a health and safety consultant that you check to see if they hold the properly recognised qualifications and can meet your specific business needs. Here are a few suggested questions you may want to ask before signing a contract.
- Do you have knowledge relating to the rules and regulations of our particular sector?
- What current certifications do you hold?
- Are you able to guide the company through a workplace audit?
What are the benefits of hiring an HSE Consultant?
- Can reduce overhead costs
- Their fees are 100% tax deductible as a business expense
- Service available either as needed or specified by contract
- Training available for employees when required
- Up to date on safety regulations
So if your health and safety manager (if you have one in house) has more on their plate than they can handle, they don’t have the time or budget to stay abreast of the ever-changing environment and regulations in which we live and work, then it’s time to look at hiring a Health and Safety Consultant – get in touch we’re always happy to talk.