Paragraph 1 of Section 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) states that;
“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 and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions’”
Paragraph 8 defines the competent person as follows:
“A person shall be regarded as competent where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to assist in undertaking the measures referred to in paragraph (1).”
The competent person role does not have to be fulfilled internally within every company. You can, therefore, outsource the appointment to a contractor or consultancy with the necessary qualifications and experience.
At Lighthouse Risk Services, our team of competent health and safety consultants carry a diverse range of relevant qualifications, industry knowledge and experience. This allows us to be appointed as your ‘Competent Person’, ensuring that you fulfill your obligations under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR).
When appointed, our duties as your competent person include:
- Ensuring you are aware of the articles of Health and Safety legislation that apply to your business
- Informing you of any pertinent changes to Health and Safety legislation that may affect your internal processes and procedures
- Providing ongoing advice and support on the implementation of safe systems of work to aid in your compliance with the relevant legislation
Dependent on your individual requirements, the ongoing advice and support element of our ‘Competent Person’ role is fulfilled by the delivery of a range of Health and Safety consultancy support services to you.
Find out more about our competent person role and support services today, contact us.