Getting extra help and support

Last reviewed on 29/04/2013 13:15

National organisations with free and confidential Occupational health advice lines:

  • Healthy Working Lives (Scotland): 0800 019 2211
  • Health for Work (England): 0800 0778844
  • Work Boost Wales: 0845 609 6006
  • Health & Safety Works NI: 0300 020 0030


The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) is part of the NHS in Scotland and provides free and confidential advice and support to help you manage the safety and health problems in Scottish workplaces.

Safety Groups UK (external link) is the national co-coordinating body for the network of local Occupational Health and Safety Groups located throughout the UK and is setting up a network of Champions to assist organisations find someone in their area who can help them implement the Health Risks at Work initiative.

The Scottish Chamber of Safety (SCoS) (external link) is the coordinating body for all Occupational Health and Safety Groups throughout Scotland. SCoS members are locally managed occupational health and safety groups which themselves are made up of member companies from a variety of industry sectors, and are able to give advice and support to individuals and organisations in their local areas. In addition, they encourage good practice by recognising the achievements of the members, and provide various opportunities for networking. Safety Group members offer to assist, and here possible, mentor smaller organisations to ensure that they are receiving positive health and safety advice.

The Health and Safety Executive (external link) provides comprehensive information, downloadable guidance and resources relevant to many work situations and sectors. Working together with local authorities, the HSE also provides advice and guidance to help employers meet their health and safety responsibilities. By working in partnership with employers, trade unions, professional and tradebodies and other organisations. HSE Inspectors (external link) and Advisory Officers (external link) visit individual businesses on the basis of risk, and concentrates its work where risks are likely to be highest. Local Authority Environmental Health teams also offer free advice on health and safety. Check your council’s website for details.

 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) (external link) is a safety charity that is widely recognised as a key stakeholder within the UK’s health and safety system, and is well respected for its mission ‘to save lives and reduce injuries’. To support its charitable mission, RoSPA also offers a broad range of products and services, including posters and publications, conferences and seminars, training and consultancy support and membership.

Getting help and support video

Download a transcript of the Health Risks at Work - Getting extra help and support video.

Which organisations are supporting Health Risks at Work?

The Health Risks at Work initiative is supported across the wider health and safety community by organisations who are committed to improving health at work:


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