Competent Person, What is the legal requirement?
The law requires all employers to appoint a competent person in health and safety, and this should either be an internal appointment or using a competent person. More specifically it is a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
Regulation 7 requires employers to appoint one or more Competent Person(s) to assist them in meeting their legal obligations. The Regulations also require sufficient resources to be devoted to managing Health and Safety.
Our Competent Person service
For large organisations employing or appointing a competent person is not usually a problem. For smaller organisations this is just not a viable option, this where our service fulfils the role at a fraction of the cost of an employed person.
Our consultants are experienced and fully qualified to take on this role. We are educated to degree level, hold NEBOSH qualifications and are members of both IOSH and the Association of Project Safety.
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The requirements of a competent person needs:
Competence is described as the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has as well ability to use them to perform a specific task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also influence a persons competence.
-Have the identified individual had training Such as an IOSH-accredited course.
-Have the required practical knowledge, just attending a theory course is not enough.
-Have the technical ability to develop solutions to problems.
-Have practical experience
-Be alert enough to recognise hazards.
-Be able to immediately correct any hazards, or be able to influence someone who can.