If you're worried about breaking health and safety law and putting employees and members of the public at risk, receiving support from a professional Health & Safety Consultant can provide peace of mind.
Whatever the nature and size of your business, and whatever level of risk your activities pose, leaning on a professional will allow you to confidently fulfil your legal duties and ultimately save valuable time and money.
What is a Health & Safety Consultant?
Health & Safety Consultants are experienced professionals who use their knowledge, skills and experience to:
- Promote a positive health and safety culture across an organisation;
- Develop solutions to health and safety problems;
- Ensure workplace risks are well controlled; and
- Ensure the organisation is compliant with all relevant safety standards.
Organisations may employ an in-house person to take on this role, or they may choose to outsource their health and safety needs to an external Health & Safety Consultant. Not all organisations will have the resource to manage health and safety internally; however, by law, all organisations must have access to competent persons to help them to meet the requirements of health and safety legislation.
As such, organisations across the UK are recognising the value of fixed-fee Health & Safety support, which gives you access to expertise whenever you need it, without worrying about hourly rates or the significant outlay involved in employing an in-house member of staff.
Who we are
Ellis Whittam is one of the UK’s leading providers of fixed-fee Health & Safety services. Established in 2004, we have built a national reputation for providing a bespoke, high-quality service at a fair and fixed price.
Our network of qualified Health & Safety Consultants have over 350 years’ combined experience of keeping clients safe and we have recently become to be the first Health & Safety consultancy to achieve assured advice status from a Primary Authority.
What we do
At Ellis Whittam, we provide practical, hands-on safety support to thousands of employers across the UK and have vast experience in a diverse range of sectors.
We use our expertise to help employers create safe working environments, ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and safeguard against financial and reputational risk. As part of our tailored service, each of our clients benefit from access to a named Health & Safety Consultant, who will get to know your organisation, the particular challenges you face and your specific objectives so that they can implement a safety management system that works for you.
Our aim is to help you to:
Our unique approach combines a personalised, high-quality service with complete cost certainty. We are therefore a smart, value-for-money alternative to self-employed health and safety consultants who charge by the hour, and offer a level of expertise that your in-house responsible person may lack. Think of us an an extension of your team you can call on at any time.
See for yourself…
In this short video, Regional Health & Safety Manager Oliver Williams provides a glimpse into what our consultants get up to on a daily basis.
By outsourcing your health and safety management to Ellis Whittam, you can rest easy knowing that your compliance is being taken care of by an experienced Health & Safety Consultant with a minimum of Grad IOSH status.In fact, we’re so confident in our ability to manage your compliance that we’ll even act as one of your legally-required competent persons.
More than just good advice
At Ellis Whittam, we don’t just advise – we give you the tools you need to approach health and safety management tasks confidently on a day-to-day basis.
Provided as part of our core Health & Safety service, our award-winning Health & Safety Software allows you to dynamically manage risk in-house through one easy-to-use dashboard. Here, you can conduct risk assessments, assign tasks, monitor your risk status in real time across multiple sites, and see what needs to be done to keep your business compliant.
What makes us different
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We’re confident that you won’t find better qualified consultants to help keep your business compliant. We aim to have all of our consultants achieve Chartered Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), one of the highest membership grades.
IOSH is the industry leader for health and safety professionals and the major professional body for health and safety practitioners. Consultants with particular specialisations may also hold memberships with other relevant professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
These professional memberships require a high standard of knowledge, experience and professional conduct.
If they don’t meet your high expectations, they won’t meet ours.
“What made up our minds was their thoroughness, their hands-on approach and the fact that they have so much belief in their own quality of service that they act as our competent person.”
General Manager, Danubius Hotel
Ellis Whittam’s Health & Safety Consultants have a specialist knowledge and hands-on experience of supporting clients across multiple sectors, including education, manufacturing, retail, professional services, the third sector and many more.
Based on this sector expertise and depth of experience, we are a trusted partner of many industry, sector and trade associations, including:
- The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA)
- The National Pharmacy Association (NPA)
- The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)
- The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)
“We have benefited from the wealth of experience that Ellis Whittam have in providing constructive health and safety guidance.”
Head of Premises and Estate, Multi-Academy Trust
Our qualified Health & Safety Consultants are based throughout the UK and can support you by:
- Reviewing your policies, procedures and working practices to establish any areas where you fall short of your legal obligations.
- Providing a Prioritised Safety Action Plan that outlines everything that needs to be done in order to become fully compliant.
- Preparing a Health & Safety Policy and Health & Safety Handbook tailored to your organisation.
- Conducting on-site visits throughout the year to keep you up to date.
Wherever you’re based, if you’re looking for a Health & Safety Consultant near you who will provide honest, straightforward advice and practical guidance on the specific challenges you face, we’re here to help.
“We are so pleased with the support that we receive from our dedicated Health & Safety Consultant… The service is comprehensive and hands-on.”
Chief Executive, English Rural Housing Association
Nobody wants to worry about the cost involved in picking up the phone whenever a problem arises. That’s why a fixed-fee service is the perfect solution to your health and safety needs.
This means that you have unlimited access to support at the end of the phone, and costs won’t increase no matter how many times you need us. This complete cost certainty will enable you to manage your budgets and cash flow more effectively and gives you full transparency as to how much your business is spending on compliance.
In addition to our fixed fees, we also offer independent Legal Expenses Insurance to protect your business against the cost of Fee for Intervention (FFI) charges and prosecution.
“The fixed-fee approach means that we never have to worry about additional costs or whether to make that call… I would wholly recommend Ellis Whittam.”
Finance & Operations Manager, Fleet Alliance.
Ellis Whittam’s expert health and safety advice has helped over 5,000 organisations become fully compliant with health and safety regulations. If you’re looking to protect your business against the rising costs of non-compliance, call our friendly team on 0345 226 8393 today to talk through your needs and the support available through Ellis Whittam.
Health & Safety Guides
What are competent persons?
The law states that “Every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.”
The meaning of competent persons can be found in Regulation 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
I've never needed a consultant before, why now?
Following the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines in 2016, fines have increased 450%. Coupled with an increase in Fee for Intervention charges, the financial penalties for breaches of health and safety law mean that non-compliance can be significant. Aside from financial concerns, there’s also the risk of reputational damage, which may affect your ability to do business and recruit and retain staff.
Receiving qualified support from a Health & Safety Consultant will give you the reassurance that risk is fully assessed and will help to demonstrate to the regulator that you’re receiving assured advice from a competent source. Our Legal Expenses insurance also offers added financial protection.
What can a Health & Safety Consultant help me with?
At Ellis Whittam, we always start by conducting an General Risk Assessment of your premises to identify any areas where you fall short of what’s required under health and safety legislation. From there, we will devise a Prioritised Action Plan, which will make clear what steps need to be taken to ensure your environment and working practices are safe and compliant.
Importantly, your Health & Safety Consultant will create a Health & Safety Policy for your business, which will act as a basis for effective health and safety management, and introduce you to our software, which will allow you to monitor your compliance day to day and take action where needed.
How do I know that I'm receiving good advice?
The key is to make sure that the person responsible for your compliance has recognised qualifications and proven experience of implementing effective health and safety systems. They should also have a genuine understanding of your business and how you operate, as this will allow them to offer practical solutions that work for you, rather than just recite legislation.
With Ellis Whittam, because we appoint a named Health & Safety Consultant, you can be sure that your business is receiving the highest-quality advice from a competent professional who knows your business inside and out. What’s more, our advice is underpinned by local authority assurance, meaning that our processes, procedures and content have been reviewed, approved and signed off by an enforcing authority.