Competent Person – what’s all that about?

Every employer is required by Law to appoint a Competent Person to assist them meet their legal health and safety obligations. This is a requirement under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.

Quite simply, this means an employer must appoint someone competent to provide sound advice on all matters of health and safety.  Indeed, insurers assume that you already comply with this requirement.

The appointed Competent Person may be an internal appointment supported by external expertise or an independent, external appointment. In either case you will undoubtedly need the help of professional health and safety consultants who can provide a tailor-made competent person package to ensure you are able to meet this fundamental obligation.

“Outsourcing health & safety makes recession-busting common sense”.

27fJohn Bradstreet of Hampshire-based Health and Safety Consultancy, Just Safety Limited says “Getting health and safety right will help to protect your staff and also makes good business sense.  With a Competent Person Package, the employer appoints a consultant to act as their competent person. This is usually a more cost-effective option for small businesses that do not have the resources to appointment someone internally”.

Competent Person Package

A comprehensive Competent Person package should ensure continued compliance with ever-changing safety legislation and provides a business with sensible and affordable health and safety support, including:

·         Writing all documentation e.g.  Policies, Procedures and Risk Assessments
·         Thorough Audit and develop an Action Plan
·         Help with tenders, pre-qual submissions, CHAS, SAFE Contractor applications
·         Follow-up twice a year to update and review all the arrangements
·         Liaison with Enforcing Authorities on behalf of client
·         Signed, framed Certificate of Compliance
·         Management and employees have access to a Health and Safety ‘Helpline’

Just Safety Limited is a health & safety consultancy specialising in providing local businesses with affordable, no-nonsense advice.  For more information about Just Safety’s Competent Person package or other services, email or call John:

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