Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Using consultants

Just discovered "HSE statement to the external providers of health and safety assistance" on HSE website

It explains, very briefly, the duties of consultants and other people who provide advice to companies regarding health and safety. It say "You can help employers to manage risk sensibly, ie, focussing on reducing real risks, both those which arise more often and those with serious consequences. As the provider you must be competent, give a good quality service and deliver help that is fit for purpose."

In general terms advice needs to be

1. Correct
2. Tailored
3. Sensible

I think this is really useful. It appears that some consultants concentrate on number 1, which results in masses of generic paperwork. This rarely, in my opinion, helps the client.

Andy Brazier

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