About us

We established Irwin & Colton with one idea in mind; to make health, safety and environment recruitment better. For both clients and candidates. We were determined to enable a happier, safer, more productive workforce that adds tangible value and drives business objectives.

We achieve this by working hard to find candidates who are far more than just technically qualified and experienced. Our team is committed to finding and placing people who also bring innovative new ideas to the role, and who are effective communicators that engage and inspire those around them. These are the rare individuals that our clients trust us to find; exceptional people will move the organisation beyond compliance and deliver tangible positive change.

Just like you, we know that this blend of technical and non-technical skills is key to an organisation’s success. It is our determination and ability to find and place these candidates that makes Irwin & Colton the recruitment partner of choice for so many brands.

We have over a decade’s experience across health, safety and environment market. Our in-depth knowledge and hard work have benefited blue chip, FTSE 100 companies and leading consultancies to recruit their health, safety and environment teams.

We place a wide range of roles, from Directors through to Managers and Advisors, in  both permanent and contract positions. So, whether you’re looking for a unique health, safety and environment candidate or a role that’s going to change your life, you can trust us to make it happen.

Our Directors

Michael Colton
Michael Colton
James Irwin
James Irwin
Director (Founder)

Safety Byte: Steve Hails

Safety Byte: 'What impact do Client requirements have on Health, Safety and Wellbeing?'

Irwin & Colton meet Steve Hails - Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Tideway.

In this interview, Steve talks about the impact which clients have on health, safety and wellbeing. He believes that “clients have an essential role to play in setting the bar.”  He discusses the challenges client requirements can bring to large infrastructure projects, the impact on the supply chain and where things could be improved moving forward

We also discuss Behavioural programmes and the interview culminates with some advice from Steve on whether practitioners should consider a behavioural safety programme within their business.