One area that has had received a great deal of attention from the HSE is the appointment of a Competent Person. The legislation is very clear -
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 7
“Health and safety assistance
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 imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions”
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 7 – Approved Code of Practice
“The appointment of such health and safety assistants or advisors does not absolve the employer from responsibilities for health and safety under the HSW Act……….
Where external services are employed, they will usually be appointed in an advisory capacity only”
We can provide the services of “External Source of Competent Safety and Health Advisor” to your organisation as required by the above Regulations. This will require a number of visits per year to your premises and workplaces (this being dependent upon the size and nature of your undertaking) to ensure that you are meeting the requirements.
You would need to provide all relevant information and documentation for us to review and amend/update as required. If policy documentation is not available or any existing considered being inappropriate or insufficient, we would produce new documentation for your retention and future use.
You would be required to provide us with reports of all incidents, injuries and other accidents as soon as practicable after the event. We will assist in the investigation of all such incidents, injuries and other accidents upon your request.
We will also provide you with information regarding new or changed legislation together with guidance on future compliance.
We can also provide advice and guidance on compliance matters as identified by Regulatory Bodies or Insurers.