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We strongly recommend taking care and time to choose the right company to help you develop your safety management systems and culture. This is not only good sense, but is a key element of fulfilling your due diligence duties.

So how do you select a consultant and what can you believe about their claims?

The answer is relatvely simple. Here is our guide to help you:

1. Decide whether you want someone with experience in your field, or someone that can bring experience from another field. Some activities are very specialised and need expertise. However, if you keep doing the same things but expect a different outcome, you are mad and probably wasting money. I can offer aviation experience backed by process safety knowledge. These are some of the safest working environments possible.

2. Make sure they are actually a professional. They should be listed on the HASANZ Register. I am and my registration certificate can be found via the Qualifications tab at the top.

3. If you want a SafePlus Assessment, make sure they are actually able to provide this service. Again, my certificate can be found via the Qualifications tab at the top. SafePlus is a thorough review of your company, but can seem expensive. I strongly suggest calling me to discuss your needs before paying for an assessment that may not give you what you want. I have other ways to help that may be more suited to your organisation.

4. Check the company actually has people that actually hold the qualifications they say they do. The HASANZ Register checks some of these, but not all. Many of mine can be found under the Qualifications at the top of the site.

5. Understand the Terms of Engagement. Mine are simple and can be found on my home page.

6. Lastly, check they have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance. HASANZ only checks this on the day of registration, not after. Mine can be found on the Home tab at the top.