Competent Person

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In the UK, it is a legal requirement to have a ‘Competent Person’ to advise you and enable you to meet the requirements of health and safety law – this is a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (reg 7). The regulations and guidance state that it is preferable to receive this advice from an existing employee where suitable competencies and experience are available in house – an employee is likely to already have a greater understanding of the business as well as the hazards and risks. However, some businesses do not have this expertise in house and a contract Competent Person can help to fill this gap – it is important to note that the business retains ultimate responsibility for the hazards, risks and control measures, you can contract out the function, but you cannot contract out the responsibility. We can provide a dedicated Competent Person to help you manage health and safety across your business and will always start the contract with a gap analysis and action plan.

You can learn more about Competent Person regulations on the HSE website

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