Congrats, you have made the right decision of hiring a health and safety services provider in India. The next big question facing you is, “How do you select the right safety consultant who suits your business and provides you with customised solutions?”
There are many factors to consider when choosing a safety consultant. This includes professional certifications, vast experience, thorough knowledge and expertise, testimonials from previous clients, cost of the services rendered and much more.
Here, in this post, we help you find the right safety and health services provider, who meets your specific requirements. Let’s get started.
- Academic Qualifications & Expertise
Any safety consultant you hire must have the necessary qualifications and degrees to perform the job. When it comes to safety, there’s no room for error. So, make sure that the person or service provider you hire has a professional degree in safety and health.
Coming to the next factor, just because a person has the necessary qualifications, it doesn’t mean he/she is a good fit for your company. The consultant you hire must have “real-world” experience and familiarity handling projects of all sizes.
Look for safety providers like Totalika, who are armed with both education and expertise.
- On-the-Job Experience
Before you hire a safety company make sure to peruse their work history. If the company has prior experience handling a project similar to yours, then it’s an added bonus. However, don’t make the mistake of focussing too narrowly on the consultant’s background. This is because efficient safety consultants are capable of smoothly transitioning among projects from different industries.
Look for consultants with sound knowledge of the principles of safety management. Evaluate your candidate, based on the following questions:
- Do they experience in addressing all types of occupational safety problems?
- Can they use the latest techniques and strategies to tackle these issues?
- Can they provide you with both short-term and long-term solutions?
Finally, check the company’s timeline. How long have they been offering their services? Look for safety companies who have created a name for themselves in the industry, like Totalika, India’s leading Health and Safety provider.
- Clients and References
The next factor to check is “Previous Client Experience.”
Who are their clients? Are they well-known companies? Have they worked with clients across industries or are they focussed on clients from a specific sector?
A good safety company will not hesitate to provide previous clients contact numbers and references. Make sure to check the company’s reputation directly at former clients. Don’t focus on just a single recommendation. Instead, seek a more balanced approach by contacting a few previous clients.
You can be assured that you’re making the right choice when the safety consultant you have shortlisted has several repeat clients.
- Will the Safety Company be able to solve your Specific Problems?
When it comes to safety, there is no guarantee. In fact, you should be wary of consultants who make tall claims stating that their work will “guarantee” you a 100% result. Make sure to explain what you’re looking for in a consultant. State your specific issues and listen carefully to the answers provided by the consultant.
Do the answers satisfy you? Does it inspire confidence? Above all, do the answers match your specific needs or are they vague?
A good safety consultant always speaks in plain English. He/she doesn’t bombard clients with hard-to-comprehend jargon and technical terms. After all, if you can’t understand what they are saying, what good is the advice?
Anyone with a degree can recite what’s in safety manuals. What makes a safety consultant good is their expertise in understanding a client’s individual requirements and creating solutions that address these needs.
“A competent safety consultant will be able to explain safety solutions and requirements in everyday language.”
- Do they have a Plan?
Safety and health assessment isn’t a one-time job. It should be reviewed frequently and updated with evolving needs and changing times. Does the safety consultant you have shortlisted provide you with both long-term and short-term solutions?
Do they have plans in place to address your issues holistically? Or are they more concerned about just implementing hi-fi gadgets and devices at your workplace?
Look for consultants who are willing to take a long-term approach to safety. They should be able to, not just offer you immediate solutions, but should strive to enhance the safety culture at your workplace. Additionally, look for safety companies who provide employee training and conduct workshops to create a safety conscious workforce for your business.
Finally, do you like the Safety Company?
While likeability is a subjective issue and isn’t the first factor to crop up, when you’re choosing a safety company, it’s still a valid and relevant issue. Very often clients agree that when they “like” a company, be the approach or the manner of handling issues, they are more likely to listen to the advice offered by the company.
From a practical point, when you and the safety consultant are on the same page, it has a massive impact on the success of the entire project. Above all, you should feel comfortable in sharing all your workplace safety problems with the consultant without any inhibition.
In a nutshell, you must be able to trust the safety company without any reservations and look forward to working with them.
Wrapping it up
If finding a safety and health service provider in India, who ticks all these requirements, seems like a tall order, worry not, you’ve come to the right place. Here, at Totalika, we believe Safety is integral to the success of any business. We don’t just focus on tackling current safety problems but approach the entire project holistically.
Our safety experts begin with a comprehensive safety and risk assessment and use the findings to create a safety solution that meets your specific requirements. For further information on how we handle projects and what we bring to the table, just send in a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +91-124-661-3137 and our expert team will get in touch with you.