BRYSON Consulting was established in 2003 by Nigel Bryson OBE to support organisations wanting to improve their health, safety and business performance. Specialists in maximizing the impact of workforce involvement to continually prevent injuries and ill-health at work BRYSON Consulting can help organisations:

  • motivate staff to continuously improve health, safety and business performance
  • develop policies and procedures that are understood and fully implemented by the workforce
  • review workforce communications to improve staff involvement on health and safety issues
  • provide speakers to make health and safety conferences have greater impact
  • help organisations lobby Government and other organisations on health and safety issues
  • provide information on working with asbestos.

A key part of our work is improving employee involvement within organisations so that improvement of health, safety and business standards is sustainable. We can assist organisations to continuously improve their business and service efficiency by preventing occupationally related accidents and ill-health

Picking up the pieces after a fatal or major injury at work can be traumatic for managers, workers and their families. After the event is too late. BRYSON Consulting specialises in prevention. To find out how improvements in health and safety standards can be maintained in your organisation, contact us now.

‘More than 100 studies have now found that the most engaged employees – those who report they’re fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers – are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged.’

The Twelve Attributes of a Truly Great Place to Work: Harvard Business Review: 19th September 2011



NigelNSS2015Order of the British Empire

In March 2002 Nigel was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his ‘outstanding contribution to occupational health and safety’.


Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH)

In 1992 Nigel became a Corporate Member of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety. He became a Fellow of IOSH in 2002 and a Chartered Fellow of IOSH in 2007. During the IOSH organised People to People Ambassador Programme to China in 1998, Nigel led the delegation which visited the Chinese Trade Union Federation in Beijing.


Peer Recognition

In March 2000, Nigel was awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident’s (RoSPA) Distinguished Service Award ‘in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause of health and safety at work.’


Occupational Health and Safety Consultant

Nigel is listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultant’s Register (OSHCR). This was originally established by the Health and Safety Executive in partnership with a number of organisations representing health and safety professionals. It is now run by an independent organisation.

Nigel Bryson OBE BSc CFIOSH

Chairing and Speaking at Conferences and Seminars

Nigel Bryson is an accomplished conference speaker and has chaired many conferences and seminars over a 34 year period.

Speaking: Over the past 34 years Nigel Bryson has spoken on a vast range of health and safety issues. An accomplished speaker, Nigel has received – and continues to receive -regular invitations to speak at various events.

Organisations such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British Safety Council (BSC), E.On, Tarmac, Aggregate Industries, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Institute of Quarrying, Metronet (now absorbed back into London Underground) and Western Business Exhibitions have all used Nigel as a speaker. Some organisations have repeatedly used Nigel at different conferences.

Feedback on Nigel’s public speaking can be seen in the ‘Testimonials’ section.

Chairing conferences and seminars: chairing conferences is second nature for Nigel. Past experience has included chairing sessions for the International Chemical Worker’s Union, company health and safety conferences, conferences on specific health and safety issues such as asbestos and Hazards Conference.

Comments of two Chief Executive Officer’s on Nigel’s chairing of their company’s annual health and safety conferences were:

‘I would like to thank you for the excellent job that you did in chairing the day, you have a great way of crystallising issues, keeping reality to the fore and communicating.’

‘Can I thank you for your contribution as chair of the conference and your humour – both I appreciated immensely.’

Nigel Bryson OBE BSc CFIOSH

While at school and studying for his science degree, Nigel worked in bakeries during vacations and had one stint as a labourer on a house building site for 7 weeks. This was from 1972 – 1979. On successfully completing his honours degree in Biology and Chemistry – in 1979 – he went back to working in a local bakery and developed his growing interest in trade union health and safety. In June 1981 he was appointed as the first National Health and Safety Officer in the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union, at the age of 24. Thus becoming the youngest National Officer in the UK Trade Union movement at that time.

After 10 years with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union he became the first Director of Health and Environment at the GMB trade union in 1992. His Department supported around 25,000 workplace safety representatives and 10 Regional Health and Safety Officers who served around 840,000 members. After 10 years of success with the GMB Nigel left the union to return to his native home in the North East of England to establish BRYSON Consulting.

BRYSON Consulting

On the 1st January 2003, Nigel became a self-employed health and safety consultant – establishing BRYSON Consulting – after working nearly 22 years for the trade union movement at UK, European and International level.

Nigel established his consultancy to develop his expertise in workforce motivation to improve health, safety and performance with clients so that they can become more efficient organisations and continuously improve their health and safety standards at the same time.

By working with various organisations, he has shown that significant improvements in health, safety and business performance can be made by generating workforce enthusiasm and participation within a clear management framework. Whether the business prompter is legislation, rising insurance premiums, realisation of the true costs of workplace injuries or ill-health, sickness absence or organisational inertia, Nigel’s huge knowledge of practical based solutions can make prevention become a significant driver of improved business performance. The key to this approach is for organisations to harness the knowledge of the workforce and use it to assist managers develop safe systems of work.


The following are some of the committees dealing with health and safety that Nigel Bryson OBE has been a member of:

Health and Safety Commission (HSC):

HSC Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances (ACTS)

  • ACTS COSHH Essential Working Party
  • ACTS Working Group on the Review of Occupational Exposure Limits

HSC Securing Health Together Compliance Priority Action Group

HSC Industry Advisory Committees:

Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC)

  • CONIAC Steering Committee
  • CONIAC Working Well Together Campaign Steering Committee:

Textiles Industry Advisory Committee (TEXIAC)

Ceramics Industry Advisory Committee (CERIAC)

Rubber Industry Advisory Committee (RUBIAC)

Ad-hoc Group on the Scaffolding Directive (also an original member of the European Advisory Group on the Scaffolding Directive)


Health and Safety Executive:

  • Ad-Hoc Group on Asbestos Regulation
  • Ad-Hoc Group on Respiratory Sensitisers
  • HSE Catering Liaison Committee
  • HSE Steering Committee for Developing Training Standards for Asbestos Removal Workers (A European Commission funded project to develop standards across all Member States)
  • UK Delegate to CEN Technical Committee 153: Food Processing Equipment
  • Luxembourg Committee Advisory Group on Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Engineering Construction JIC Health and Safety Committee
  • HSE Asbestos Liaison Group
  • HSE Ad-Hoc Group on Working at a Height (formerly the Scaffolding Directive)
  • HSE Chemical Industry Forum (CIF)
  • CIF Accident Reduction Working Group
  • HSE Woodworking Forum
  • HSE Food Industry Trade Union Liaison Committee


Senior Labour Inspectors Committee working group on asbestos that undertook a detailed review of asbestos controls in France, Spain, Swedenand the United Kingdom in the year 2000

  • Safety in Bakeries Liaison Committee
  • British Clothing Industry Association Health and Safety Committee
  • British Gas National Health and Safety Committee
  • Securicor National Negotiating Committee Health and Safety Sub-Committee
  • Remploy National Health and Safety Forum
  • DEFRA Chemical Stakeholders Forum
  • TUC Union Health and Safety Specialists
  • TUC Toxic Substance Group Network
  • European Trade Union Technical Bureau ‘Expert’ Group on Health and Safety
  • European Foodworker’s Union Health and Safety Group
  • International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW) Health and Safety Committee

TRUSTNET: European Organisation analysing how Governments and Stakeholders deal with risks in society.

International Labour Organisation

In 2005 and 2006 Nigel was a UK delegate to the International Labour Conference where he was part of the Occupational Safety and Health Committee drafting the ILO Convention on the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health. This was adopted in the main session in June 2006.

BRYSON Consulting Writing Services

Nigel Bryson writes extensively on health and safety issues and is a regular contributor to Croner publications. Over the 34 years in health and safety Nigel has written detailed health and safety guides, hundreds of information sheets, several hundred articles, training materials and his comprehensive guide on worker involvement ZERO HARM: Worker Involvement – the missing piece.

He is the Consultant Editor of Croner’s Asbestos Risk Management and a regular contributor to Croner-i Construction and Croner-i Health and Safety.

He has also had articles published in:

  • Health and Safety International
  • Safety and Health Practitioner
  • Safety Management
  • Health and Safety Matters

For example

‘The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that between 2005 and 2015 the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 has saved Britain £525 million courtesy of a 15% reduction in falls from a height injuries. The Government have done nothing to publicise this major saving in the quality of life and finance.

On the other hand, the then Minister responsible for health and safety at work, Mike Penning, wrote to over 24,000 schools and hundreds of Local Authorities to warn them about over reacting to ‘trivial’ health and safety issues. In April 2014 he cited a ban on ‘frilly’ socks by one of the 24,347 schools in England – in which around 8.3 million pupils are taught – as an example! Apparently a girl tripped over the long frill on a pair of socks her mother had made for her. No one died!!

Meanwhile here are a few examples of the scale of occupational health issues the Health and Safety Executive anticipatein 2015:

  • Around 5,000 people will die from asbestos related diseases;
  • Around 8,000 people will die from cancers that were caused partly or wholly from exposure to hazardous substances at work;
  • Around 244,000 new cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety will be added to the 242,000 existing ones;
  • Around 184,000 cases of work related musculoskeletal disorders will be added to the existing 341,000.

The success of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 indicates that the Government have got their priorities hopelessly ‘disproportionate’.  They concentrate on trivia and ignore the success of regulation.’