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It is now just over two years since the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) was launched. The OSHCR was developed and is being run by a partnership of organisations, including the HSE, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, the British Psychological Society, the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and the British Occupational Hygiene Society. With the exception of the HSE, the aforementioned organisations are professional bodies, and consultants wishing to gain entry onto the register need to be members of one of these bodies at the designated level.
The OSCHR was created to implement a recommendation made in Lord Young's ‘Common sense, common safety' review, namely that a web-based register of accredited health and safety consultants be established, the aim being to professionalise the provision of health and safety advice and address the problem of incorrect or gold-plated advice being provided by ‘rogue' consultants. Two years on, is this aim being achieved? To see this information in full, subscribe to Jordans Health and Safety Online. Already a subscriber - Login here
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