Top tips for using or becoming a safety and health consultant

Do you use consultants?

Do you describe yourself as a consultant?

Are you thinking of moving into consultancy work?

And what are the pros and cons of being a consultant?

IOSH’s Consultancy Group will be running three consultancy clinics hosted by IOSH Immediate Past President Craig Foyle on Day 1 of IOSH 2019 (16 September) to address these questions and provide useful and honest insights into the profession.

The clinics will focus on key areas affecting those who may want to enter consultancy, those who are currently practising as a consultant or those who may engage consultants to support their organisations.

Craig said: “Being or using a consultant can be daunting and people may have a lot of questions. Knowing what to ask for can be challenging and it’s difficult to know what to expect.

“During IOSH 2019, the IOSH Consultancy Group has enlisted specialists to deliver presentations on common issues and be on hand to answer any questions you have about consultancy and will be outlining some of the pitfalls to watch out for. Working as a consultant or indeed using consultants can be extremely rewarding and we hope these sessions will assist with your development.”

The clinics on 16 September are:

  • Consultancy Clinic 1 – Contract Terms & Conditions (Scoping the Work) - Chris Green – Keoghs (10:55am)

It is very important to ensure that contract terms and conditions are agreed in advance. Chris Green will talk through what should be included, discuss competency requirements and what can happen legally when things go wrong.

  • Consultancy Clinic 2 – Insuring your consultancy – Spokesperson from Arthur J Gallagher (13:45pm)

The type and level of cover required for professional indemnity insurance (PII) is often misunderstood by consultants and clients alike. The speaker will outline why PII is essential, cover indemnity issues and the need to maintain cover after a business ceases to practice.

  • Consultancy Clinic 3 – Role of a consultant – Jane Ball / Craig Foyle – IOSH Consultancy Group (16:30pm)

So, you think you want to be a consultant? This presentation will outline the options available for being an employed / self-employed consultant and provide a balanced view on the benefits and pitfalls of consultancy.

The speakers will be available immediately after their sessions to answer any specific questions attendees may have and to network.

IOSH 2019 takes place between 16-17 September at the ICC, Birmingham. Visit the IOSH 2019 website and book your conference pass online.

Alex Phillimore
Communications Officer +44 (0)116 257 3254 / +44 (0)7980 004494
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