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About us

Your partner in compliance

Health and safety is too often about rules and regulations that restrict your business. Opus does things differently. With genuine customer relationships and compliance solutions that work for you.

our story

We know the industry, inside and out

Opus is a new business built on decades of experience.

Nineteen years ago, John Southall - our founder - left his environmental health officer role to create a new kind of health and safety consultancy.

Customer-Focused Integrity

Honest, commercially-aware and completely focused on customer relationships.

Proven Safety Expertise

Hundreds of safer clients later, John and his team bring the same no-nonsense know-how to Opus.

Simplified Compliance Approach

We're compliance experts who recognise you have a business to run and people to protect. So we're here to make it simple.

how we work

Answers. Action.
Total assurance.

We don't believe in safety for safety's sake. So you won't be locked into a long-term contract or upsold services you don't need.

You work with qualified safety managers and ex-enforcement officers to exceed your legal requirements and make compliance a core part of your culture.  

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We invest time to understand your company, challenges and compliance goals.


Our custom solutions are built around your needs, budget and business aims.


We’re here for you – with exceptional service and a business-minded approach.


We raise standards with streamlined processes and time-saving tech.


Less box ticking, more benefits

Health and safety shouldn't slow you down. We listen to your goals, locate your issues and create custom compliance programmes to keep you moving forward.

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Basics to big picture

Support for core legal requirements and forward-looking strategy.

Business-minded approach

Clear, cost-conscious advice that makes solid financial sense.

One-to-one connections

Personalised guidance from an expert who understands you.

Consistent care

No call centres. Just the same trusted consultant, every time.

Knowledge transfer

Tailored training and intuitive processes to empower employees.  

Freedom and flex

A partnership that works for you – with no heavy-handed contracts.  

End-to-end expertise

Answers and action for every stage – from scoping risk to measuring results.  

Industry intelligence

Decades of compliance experience, ready and waiting.

the opus approach

How our consultancy partnerships work

We like to build lasting relationships. But that doesn't mean strict long-term contracts.

Partnerships begin with a business risk audit and grow with you. Along the way, you set realistic compliance goals – and get the tools, tactics and training to achieve them.

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Common-sense savings

Compliance is full of inflated costs. We help you navigate mandatory requirements – and avoid unnecessary expense.  

A positive way forward

We shape flexible H&S plans to keep you protected and productive - not lists of restrictive rules.

Personalised safety support  

You get hands-on help with everyday compliance tasks and step-by-step programmes to reduce risk.

Long-term relationships  

You need a compliance partner you can depend on. We’re honest, accessible and always thinking ahead.

Learn more about our services

Schedule an informal chat with an Opus consultant to learn how we can improve employee health and safety across your business.

Your partner in compliance

'John and his team provide top-quality health and safety advice with practical support. Through wide industry experience, John delivers an integrated service that links with the needs of the client.'