The British Safety Council - What's it all About?

The British Safety Council - What's it all About?

12th May 2015

The British Safety Council (BSC) was founded in 1957 by James Tye and is one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations alongside IOSH and IIRSM.  The BSC provides both training and services to safety practitioners all over the world, and is 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.

As a government regulated organisation, the BSC must comply with a wide range of conditions set by the regulator so that consistency and rigour is maintained when awarding qualifications.  The BSC also partners in the development of Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register Scheme (OSHCR) which is a central register of registered health and safety consultants in the UK and Northern Ireland.

BSC’s founder, James Tye, has helped to transform our way of life here in the UK – it was his efforts that resulted in the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and the introduction of seat belts in cars.   The BSC’s five steps for healthier and safer work activities are as follows:

  1. Promote the importance of health and safety
  2. Build understanding and capability
  3. Commit to leadership and worker engagement
  4. Share knowledge and experiences
  5. Campaign for sensible legislation, regulation and application

As a non-profitable organisation, the BSC is registered with the Charity Commission and reports annually on the work that’s been undertaken to fulfil its charitable objectives.  With the moral imperative that “everyone has the right to safe and healthy working conditions”, all of the BSC’s activities are for public benefit to the wider community.

The BSC is committed to enabling employers to achieve the highest health and safety standards required by law in order to protect staff and businesses alike.  Since its inception, workplaces in the UK have steadily improved health and safety records and Britain is now one of the safest places to work, no matter which sector you work in.

With more than 6,000 corporate members in more than 60 countries, the BSC truly is an international phenomenon, spreading a culture of health and safety across the world.   Becoming a member of the BSC demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to high standards of health, safety and environment and offers some great practical benefits, including:

  • Keeping up to date via a monthly Safety Management magazine and the use of the BSC website.
  • The opportunity to network and share best practice with seminars and conferences and specific sector interest groups.
  • The right to use the Member Logo on websites, literature and tender documents.
  • Templates and materials for use on your own health, safety and environmental awareness programs.
  • Free “Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety” e-learning courses.
  • Member discount on selected products and services.
  • Representation on the BSC’s policy activities, including government consultations.