Arinite’s HistoryCategory: Health & Safety | Bryan Richards | Published on: Nov 30, 2014 | Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Read more: Health & Safety
After spending seven years as a H&S consultant, I had accumulated considerable experience of the `client’ and the `consultant’. At the start, I was lucky to have the opportunity to spend four months building the operating procedures. I used my experience to analyse both client and consultancy needs. The result was a personal and professional service that understood the client needs.
Our clients, large and small, include organisations such as engineering and manufacturing companies, retail, health care, schools, marketing and insurance companies. This diverse range of working environments present different hazards and risks. However, they all have one thing in common; they have to comply with health and safety legislation by providing arrangements to look after the safety and health of their employees.
When a client approaches a health and safety consultancy, they have usually decided that that they need additional support in meeting their health and safety responsibilities. However, choosing a consultancy can be a difficult process and several thoughts may cross their minds. Are the consultants competent? Will they understand our operations and our work ethos or credo? To help make a decision, the client will look at the consultants’ referrals and testimonials.
Once the client accepts the consultants into their organisation there may be a period of nervousness until the consultants have demonstrated that they are going to do a good job. If the consultants meet expectations and deliver good services then there is the potential for a long working partnership of several years.
I am still passionate about workplace health and safety as it has the worthwhile aims of improving indvividual working conditions and helping clients to be compliant and improve their reputation and business.
If a consultant has this approach as the primary aim, then this will go down well with most clients and a good relationship will be established. However, if it is obvious to the client that fees and getting the work done as quickly, and as cheap, as possible, then a long lasting partnerhip is unlikely.
The consultant must fully understand the operations and H&S risks of the client. This enables professional work to be done that is relevant and proportionate. A consultant should be there to help the client to operate and grow their business, in a safe way.
Key Management Advice
If you are an organisation which is considering the use of a health and safety consultant, make sure that you do enough research, and the consultants’ website is a good start.
How Arinite can help
Figure 1 is a factsheet about Arinite’s services which includes the client considerations.
If you have any concerns about your proposed or existing H&S support arrangements please feel free to contact Arinite for professional, impartial and confidential advice.Contact us
Our existing clients appreciate we provide practical, no-nonsense advice about what you need to do to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. My team of health and safety consultants take pride in keeping health and safety simple for our clients.
If you need to call upon our expertise in Health and Safety Consulting, or just for informal Health and Safety advice, please call me on: mobile 0780 361 2948, office 0207 947 9581, or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Richards 29th April 2014
Arinite Ltd, Warnford Court, 29 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AT