FCS is a fully integrated Occupational Health & Safety Consultancy and Training Provider based in the heart of Rugby, Warwickshire.

Who would you prefer to be advising you – a person who’s only ever seen the inside of a classroom, or someone with genuine experience of working in companies at different levels, dealing with real people and coming up against the challenges business owners, managers and workers face on a daily basis?

At First Class Safety, we are a consultancy run by people with real world experience.  We’ve studied for our qualifications and accreditations, so we can claim to be experts in our field – but our feet remain very much on the ground.

We are accredited and approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), an approved training provider for National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR). We’re also registered with OSHCR, the UK Warehouse Association (UKWA) and Highfield ABC.



Managing Director Ian Cook has been involved in health and safety since the mid-1990s, when he trained to become a forklift instructor. Ian then developed his skills as a trainer further by studying for an attaining PTLLS qualifications.

Ian became more and more interested in health and safety and studied for his Diploma to achieve CMISOH chartered status, meaning he could become a registered health and safety consultant. In 2009 he established First Class Safety Ltd as an independent business.

He’s a strong believer that good health and safety practices, applied sensibly, do not have to be a burden to business and actually bring real benefits by safeguarding everyone, reducing the chances of accidents and time lost due to illness and protecting companies from litigation.

“Ian does it in a way where everybody gets it – he helps them understand the importance of doing things the right way”

“Once you go to Ian, you never want to go to anyone else”

How well is your business complying with best practice and legal obligations? Are your staff being trained in a cost-effective and productive way?

Training Co-Ordinator and Office Administrator

Sophie Parkin joined FCS in March 2020, just before COVID lockdown.

Before coming to FCS Sophie was self employed as a Virtual Administrator. She has a varied background that includes: Experienced Case Management Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry.  Skilled in Midwifery, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), B2B Sales, Hospitality Industry, Event Management, and Documentation.  Strong community and social services professional with a Higher Education Diploma in Health & Social Care from Northumbria University.

Sophie manages the day to day running of the office at FCS, is working towards a  Management Qualification and is a Mum of two boys who certainly keep her on her toes.

TC at BSH : “Sophie, Thank you for your time with sorting out our training certification and planning of training, it was certainly confusing, but now makes sense!  You are definitely on my xmas card list!”

Talk to us, visit the FCS Training Academy and find out more about the training and consultancy we can offer you.