OSHCR is the only HSE-backed source of assured, independent, consultancy OSH advice and there are some changes to the way it is managed.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has taken over management of the register. This is in many respects a logical step given that a large proportion of those on the register are IOSH members.
IOSH will be investing in raising the profile of OSHCR, helping to ensure that it is known for providing access to a valuable source of credible, independent OSH professionals.
We will shortly write to all Chartered members of the Institute who are already on the OSHCR to explain the changes in more detail.
To move both the standard and reputation of OSH professionals forward in the UK we need a collaborative approach which retains the support of key stakeholders such as the HSE and other like-minded organisations.
The Institute, along with others, will continue to provide oversight and advice via the reformed Advisory Committee. This is a hugely positive step for not only the OSH profession, but also OSHCR and our own organisation. Membership of the OSHCR Advisory Committee gives us a space at the table with similar organisations as well as the HSE. As opportunities to influence the OSH profession go, I’m sure you’ll agree, we have a great foundation to do so.
A two-year consultation has revealed that UK based SMEs are still in need of OSHCR and that the brand reputation is still strong. As part of the new OSHCR Advisory Committee we will be helping to shape the proposition. This is a real tangible opportunity to position our members who trade as OSH consultants, or who are thinking of doing so, onto a register that is gathering lots of positive momentum.
For further details of the register please go to https://www.oshcr.org/