The Safety Department, Inc®.

Choosing a Safety Consultant

We want to ensure you work with a safety consultant who will cater to your specific needs. Below are several things to consider. 

Academic Qualifications

Over the past two decades, the number of academic degree programs in safety has skyrocketed. Unless you know the academics of occupational safety training and the present reputations of university faculties, do not give too much weight to safety degrees alone. It is better to rely on their track record and experience than on education alone.

Professional Organizations and Memberships

Business owners and managers may find safety credentials and titles to be confusing. While some safety organizations are well-known, not all of them adhere to rigorous standards. As with educational background, safety credentialing should not be granted too much weight.

On-the-Job Experience

Check the consultant’s employment history. Look for proof that they have previously handled issues comparable to yours. Consider the challenges you encounter in qualitative terms. A competent safety consultant can implement strong safety management principles across various sectors.

Clients and References

Ask for the names and phone numbers of current and previous clients and get in touch with them. Avoid giving any one recommendation undue weight. Look for a fair, comprehensive evaluation of the earlier work. A great indicator of a valuable safety consultant is when a former employer becomes a current client.

Ensure They Will Solve Your Problem

A wise business owner should be cautious of any safety consultant who guarantees that their work leads to a specific dollar result. Instead, answering these fundamental questions might increase success rates when choosing the right consultant:

  • Do they offer multiple methods and let you select the best choice?
  • Does their plan make financial, legal, and ethical sense?

Ensure They Communicate Effectively

The consultant must communicate in clear English, not technical jargon. Their advice is useless if you can’t understand what they are saying. A capable consultant must clearly and concisely describe safety regulations in understandable terms and the advantages of compliance for the company.

Ensure You Like Them

Even though there are other problems to prioritize, it is still important to ensure that the person you work with is a good fit for you. The consultant should make the client feel at ease, confident in their judgment, and eager to engage with them.