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Whilst a consultant is engaged on an ad hoc basis to advise and guide, interim staff offers hands-on support on a temporary basis for a specific project or task. Interims are used by businesses of all shapes and sizes in a variety of situations. Whether it’s to cover for a longer-term absence, assist during peak workloads, or ensure the delivery of a critical project, a good interim will start making a different the moment they start.

But, when it comes to choosing a supplier, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Make UK is focused on creating a supportive environment for manufacturers. We work with manufacturers across the UK and understand that what’s required is experienced and knowledgeable staff with flexible terms.

Our team has pulled together four top tips to act as a pointer for companies who might be looking for interim health and safety staff.

  1. EXPERIENCE Look for a company that’s done it before. An established provider will take time to understand your business, your requirements and how best to deliver what you need. That comes with experience, so make sure to ask whether your supplier has worked in manufacturing previously, and what examples they can share with you.
  2. COMPETENCE The consultant allocated to you should be completely competent. This means industry-recognised qualifications, experience in various scenarios, and up to date with current legislation.
  3. TAILORED Seek a bespoke solution. Off-the-shelf packages rarely provide the flexibility and agility to give confidence. You’ll benefit from working with a company who can adapt their approach to suit your organisation and specific circumstances.
  4. FLEXIBLE Flexibility is the watchword that really sets apart the benefits of using an interim, with placements lasting from just a few days up to several months. Project taking longer than expected? No problem. Managed to fill a permanent post much faster than expected? No problem.

A competent interim health and safety manager will genuinely operate as an extension of your team giving you peace of mind that you’re compliant and taking some of the pressure off.

We’re always happy to offer advice and guidance. See more here Interim Health and Safety Staff and Support | Make UK or call the team to discuss your requirements on 0808 168 5874.

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