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Health and Safety Competent Person

Under Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999:

Every employer shall, appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements imposed upon him under UK health and safety legislation.

When seeking competent assistance employers should look to appoint one or more of their employees, with the necessary means, to provide the health and safety assistance required. If there is no relevant competent worker within the organisation or the level of competence is insufficient to assist the employer in complying with health and safety law, then the employer should enlist an external service or person.

Within our Mentoring Health and Safety Competent Persons packages we will appoint a dedicated health and safety consultant that will act as your organisation's competent person to assist you in fulfilling your legal requirement.

So what exactly makes a person competent to advise organisation's on health and safety matters?

The Health and Safety Executive define a competent person as someone who has sufficient training, experience and knowledge and other personnel qualities that will allow them to assist you effectively in your health and safety responsibilities. The level of competence required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the particular help you need. Ideally you would source a health and safety consultant that would be familiar with your industry and have the necessary academic health and safety qualifications to fulfill his duties in-line with current legislation and industry best practise. At Mentor we will provide you with a health and safety consultant that will best suit your organisation's needs, whilst also being an experienced member of a UK Health and Safety body such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or the British Safety Council (BSC).

If you would like to discuss this further or require details relating to the experience of our health and safety consultants, then please contact us on 08444 933 062.