We can help you take the worry out of Health & Safety with our flexible & popular Competent Person Service – if you are operating a small/medium sized 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 and time in short supply, you will still need to make health and safety arrangements to avoid disruption, cost and loss to the business.
Why ask for Help from a Health and Safety Competent Person?
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 health and safety, handing the competent person role to qualified specialists. This mean that you can retain health and safety expertise to be there when you need it.
If you want to outsource health and safety, you should always 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 health and safety ‘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.
Based in Belfast (Northern Ireland), any work undertaken by Safeti via our Competent Person Service is carried out and/or overseen by a fully Chartered (CMIOSH) H&S professional.
OSH professionals with a sustained level of involvement in health and safety over the course of their career often opt to become Chartered – the process of chartership entails providing comprehensive evidence of sustained professional development and includes a peer review interview.
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 (HSE) to assist UK employers and business owners with competent advice on workplace health and safety issues.
Is it costly to outsource Health and Safety?
Many are discouraged from the decision to outsource health and safety responsibilities due to the potential cost. However, the cost to retain health and safety expertise by using the resource on an ad-hoc basis can be much lower than employing a full-time health and safety representative or team!
The beauty of the Competent Person Service is that it can be tailored to fit perfectly with your needs and budget, expanding and contracting with the natural flow of your business.
For many of our SME client’s, the decision to outsource health and safety is an easy one. Find out more about the competent person support services that we can provide to your business below.
Competent Person Service – UK & Ireland
The type of direct support that we provide currently comes in 3 basic forms:
- Competent Person Service 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.