Health and Safety's code of conduct
The Health and Safety Team, HST, is a professional advisory service. This means we aim to meet the standards set out by the organisations that lead professional OH&S issues, such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), or the British Safety Council (BSC).
Each organisation has set out specific codes of conduct for their members to follow. We’ve used these as the basis for our team’s code of conduct.
All CHST members will:
- work to the highest standards and ethical principles
- make promoting the well-being of our workforce our priority
- aim to maintain professional impartiality in our work
- meet all legal requirements linked to our role
- give honest, objective and reliable professional advice
- obtain, maintain and develop our professional competence, so we can meet the demands of OH&S law and best practice
- not take on professional responsibilities that are beyond our competence or experience. If this situation arises, we will say so and identify other sources of advice
- accept professional responsibility for our work
- take reasonable steps to make sure our professional advice is acted on. If it’s not, we’ll outline the possible consequences and use appropriate reporting mechanisms to highlight the issue
- try to avoid our professional judgement being influenced by conflicting interests, either personal or departmental
- manage any information we hold appropriately, taking account of the implications of data protection legislation
- make sure our practice is fair, inclusive and not discriminatory in any way
- develop a team culture that is open, supportive and enabling.