British Safety Council

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British Safety Council (BSC)
Motto 'No-one should be injured or made ill at work'
Formation 1957
Type Professional Membership Organisation
Headquarters LONDON
Official language
James Tye

About the British Safety Council[edit]

The British Safety Council, is an international not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity; it is one of the world's leading occupational safety and health organisations.

The British Safety Council is dedicated to making sure nobody is injured or made ill at work. Their role is to help people achieve the very highest health and safety standards as well as meet those required by law. The British Safety Council's manifesto, Working Well, outlines five steps for healthier and safer work activities.

Founded in 1957 by James Tye, a campaigner who helped transform the British way of life with his passion for safety. His campaigning work was instrumental in the setting up of the Robens inquiry into workplace health and safety and the resulting Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. James Tye was also at the forefront of the campaign which led to the introduction of legislation requiring all cars to be fitted with seat belts. The British Safety Council is a membership organisation with over 6,000 members in 40 countries. Members' views are used to determine what health and safety should be like in today’s workplace and to provide excellent health and safety services and resources.

The British Safety Council’s policy, thought-leadership and campaigning activity, involves liaison with regulators and health and safety stakeholders to facilitate change. We use our own knowledge and expertise and that of our members to engage with Government, HSE andf other regulators on the regulation and management of health, safety and the environment.

The British Safety Council is a partner in the development of the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register scheme (OSHCR), a centrally held register of registered health and safety consultants within the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

In 2004 the British Safety Council became a government-regulated awarding organisation and has since developed a full suite of health and safety qualifications in the national framework.

Through their involvement in the Olympics, the British Safety Council was granted the official status of Supplier of health and safety training and consultancy services (ODA) to the London 2012 Games. Many of the major contractors working on the construction of London 2012 games venues and infrastructure are members of the British Safety Council.

Products and Services[edit]

Membership - Being a member of the British Safety Council gives businesses access to key information and advice. Membership also helps organisations manage legislation and compliance, as well as systematically raising health, safety and environmental standards.

Members include all types of businesses from small independent start-ups to large international organisations around the world.

Qualifications/Awarding Body - The British Safety Council is a government-regulated awarding body and, as such, must comply with a wide range of conditions set by the regulator so that rigour and consistency in the awarding of qualifications is maintained. They are the only UK awarding body to offer a complete suite of health and safety qualifications from Entry Level to Level 6 in the national framework.

Training – The British Safety Council has a close relationship with the HSE meaning their training is appropriate to the exact requirements of government legislation. The training courses include:

  • Health and Safety for Directors and Senior Managers
  • Level 2 Award in COSHH Risk Assessment
  • Level 2 Award in DSE Risk Assessment
  • Level 2 Award in Fire Risk Assessment
  • Level 2 Award in Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment
  • Level 2 Award in Supervising Staff Safely
  • Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • IEMA Approved Associate Certificate course in Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Audit and consultancy – The British Safety Council offers audits to ensure an organisation’s safety management system is being effectively implemented in order to manage the risk of accidents and ill-health occurring in the workplace. It also ensures that sustainable environmental practices are being followed at all times.

Consultancy services offer advice in health, safety and environmental management and include safety culture and behavioural change.


The British Safety Council engages with government and the regulator to influence the direction of health and safety policy and law. Our own and our members’ knowledge and expertise informs our views and opinions and what we say to the Government and the regulator.

The British Safety Council’s work includes charitable campaigns to young workers and schools such as risk education and clear communication to encourage safe behaviour.

Awards and Events[edit]

International Safety Awards – The annual International Safety Awards started in 1958 and are open to any organisation. The awards relate to the health and safety management at a specific site or business unit.

Awards Presentation Ceremonies – Held twice yearly in London, their Award Presentation Ceremonies celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that have recently completed a qualification or audit with the British Safety Council.

Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards – The annual awards aim to recognise the 'best of the best' in health and safety management. The Sword of Honour award is open to applications from organisations that have achieved a five star rating in the Five Star Occupational Safety and Health Audit. The Globe of Honour Award is open to applications from organisations that have achieved a five star rating in the Five Star Environmental Audit.

British Safety Council’s Conferences – provide the opportunity to hear from a range of experts in the Health and Safety Industry each year.


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