We can help you take the worry out of Health & Safety – if you are operating a business, it’s essential to understand the obligations of local health and safety law. In the UK, one of those requirements is the need to appoint a health and safety competent person. Let us explain what this means in more detail…
What is a Health and Safety Competent Person?
A ‘health and safety competent person’ is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly.
The level of ‘competence’ required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the operations of your business.
In many cases, there may be appropriate expertise within the business to cope with it. Larger businesses may want to employ someone (or a team) specifically to look after health and safety. For many, that’s not feasible or even necessary.
With that said, sometimes it is simply the case that there are not enough resources available to complete the necessary work.
If resources are stretched, you will want to consult with health and safety representatives in good time to make arrangements, avoiding disruption and cost to the business.
Who should you ask for Health and Safety Competent Person help?
Sometimes it’s easiest to upskill someone within your business to take ownership of health and safety duties. However, it can be difficult to find a reliable, long-term solution.
Another option is to outsource the health and safety competent person role to H&S specialists. By doing this, you can retain the assistance of a competent person for a small ongoing fee and call on them only when you need assistance.
You should always ensure that you get the right type of advice for your business. To ensure you find an appropriately qualified professional, IOSH is a great place to start. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest health and safety membership body and the only one currently with a Royal Charter.
With over 44,000 members in 99 countries, IOSH is committed to ensuring that global work practices are safe, healthy and sustainable. IOSH is a UK-based organisation offering professional qualifications in order to raise standards of health and safety in the workplace.You can find out more about IOSH in our post here.
If you looking for a competent person, their level of IOSH membership is a helpful indicator of their level of experience. Chartered Members work under the IOSH Code of Conduct, this ensures that the level of competence, work quality and integrity is ensured for your business.
That’s why any work undertaken by Safeti is always carried out or overseen by a fully Chartered (CMIOSH) H&S professional. Professionals with a sustained level of involvement in health and safety over the course of their career often opt to become Chartered.
Once Chartership is achieved from an appropriate professional body (such as IOSH), the individual can apply to be registered on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultant’s Register.
The OSHCR Health and Safety Competent Person Register
OSHCR is a public register of UK-based health and safety consultants, set up by the Health and Safety Executive to assist UK employers and business owners with competent advice on workplace health and safety issues.
Health and Safety Competent Person Service
The type of direct support that we provide currently comes in 3 basic forms:
- Competent Person We provide a flexible, retained Health and Safety competent person service, acting as your designated Health, Safety & Environmental representative.
- Partnering We can provide a range of flexible HSE & Media support services that compliment your existing resources and that can be tailored to your business objectives.
- Training We develop and deliver our own in-house HSE workshops and online training courses – making sure they closely meet the needs of your audience.