Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register, OSHCR

OSHCR was established in response to the Government’s Common Sense, Common Safety report, which recommended that all Health and Safety consultants should be accredited to a professional body and that a register of certified professionals be established in the form of a web-based directory. The register aims to assist businesses in finding advice on general health and safety management.

A network of professional bodies and stakeholders worked together in partnership to develop this register, which has established a benchmark standard for safety consultants and helped to raise the quality of advice being given to businesses.

This minimum standard has been set at a degree level qualification, with at least two years experience and active engagement in a continuing professional development scheme.

Businesses can have confidence in choosing a health and safety consultant from the register, as they are bound by their professional body’s code of conduct and are committed to providing sensible and proportionate health and safety advice.

You can search for a consultant by location, industry or topic, to enable you to find someone who will provide specific, tailored advice, relevant to your business needs.

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Approving Bodies

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is the Chartered body for health and safety. We’re the biggest professional body for health and safety in the world. Our members work in organisations in every sector of the economy, advising directors and managers on protecting millions of working people. IOSH was founded in 1945 and is a registered charity.

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IIRSM is a professional membership body that provides recognition, information, support and enhancement for health and safety professionals and specialist members related to the health and safety field.

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) were established in 1975 as a professional body for health and safety practitioners. It was created to advance professional standards in accident prevention and occupational health throughout the world.

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BOHS – The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection – is one of the major international scientific societies in occupational hygiene. As a learned and professional society, established for over 60 years, it provides internationally recognised qualifications, scientific conferences, membership services and the world leading research journal ‘The Annals of Occupational Hygiene’.

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The British Psychological Society is the leading learned society and professional body in the UK for psychologists. Founded in 1901, the Society received its Royal Charter in 1965 and has a membership of 48,000. As the second largest psychological society worldwide, we have an international reputation for advancing the science and practice of psychology.

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The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a registered charity and the professional voice for environmental health. It sets standards, accredits courses and qualifications for the education of members and other environmental health practitioners.

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The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) was established in 1949 as the Ergonomics Research Society (and, later, to become, the Ergonomics Society). We achieved Chartered status in 2015.  We are an international organisation for professionals dedicated to designing systems of work which optimise human well-being and overall system performance.

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The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (the Institute) has been in existence for over 135 years and has around 1,200 members the majority of whom are Environmental Health Officers working in that capacity for Scottish local authorities, however, an increasing number are working in other agencies, private organisations, consultancies and self employment.

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Partners in the Scheme

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

HSE’s work covers a varied range of activities including shaping and reviewing regulations, producing research and statistics and enforcing the law.


HSENI (The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland) is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.

HSENI shares this responsibility with the 26 District Councils, working together to fulfill the following five objectives, as detailed on the HSENI website:

  • To provide the highest standards of service delivery at the regional level.
  • To promote key workplace health and safety messages and themes to targeted sectors and groups.
  • To communicate appropriate, timely and practical workplace health and safety information and advice.
  • To improve compliance with health and safety standards through inspection and investigation activities.
  • To ensure that an effective and up-to-date health and safety at work regulatory framework is maintained.


NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is the primary examination board for vocational health and safety qualifications.

NEBOSH courses are delivered by accredited course providers in 33 countries around the world.


The British Safety Council is a leading health and safety organisation providing services and training to companies and safety practitioners in over 50 countries.


The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the UK’s leading trade body within the safety industry.  It has over 160 members including manufacturers, distributors, test houses, certification bodies, safety professionals and service providers.


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years.

They promote safety and the prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education.