Corporations and government agencies always make use of safety management consulting to address safety issues that may potentially affect their customers, employees, and the public. Such services are useful mainly in heavy industries such as in mines, factories and construction sites, but this may extend to regular offices.
However, it takes a number of factors and considerations to select the right person or agency. Here is what you need to know about them.
Qualification and Experience
Strategic Safety Australia says that a safety consultant has specialised training and knowledge under his belt. The first factor, then, is the qualification of the consultant and his overall experience in his field, and if the consultant is a member of an accredited safety consulting body.
While interviewing for the job, clearly explain what you require and how they can meet your requirements. You may have specifications for preventing chemical, biological, radiological or physical hazards at your work site. Owners may require their consultants to identify potential injury sources at the specified location.
As test of their abilities, you may even take them to the location and ask how they would install the appropriate safety equipment.
Many reputable consultants often receive considerable references from their past clients to others. You may therefore, get in touch with your business associates who benefited from such consultancy services, and then zero in on one who can meet your requirements.
Check beforehand that, should an accident occur, your safety consultant’s procedure. They should analyse the situation to identify safety violations that may have occurred. Moreover, identifying these, if any, they should have a proposal to correct such safety deficiencies.
The truly experienced safety consultant will also predict probable problems by calculating the risks involved by going through safety records and industry data. Check their knowledge of safety codes and procedures, because there is nothing more dangerous than a safety consultant who does not know his work.