What is a competent person?
A competent person should have the necessary training, knowledge, and experience to recognise the hazards and risks in your business and be able to advise on safe systems of work to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable level.
The level of competence required can vary depending on the activities being undertaken by the business. The advantage of having an external competent person allows for that skill set and knowledge to be available immediately.
How does the Law apply to your business?
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
7.—(1) Every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking the measures they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon them by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.
The benefits of having a competent person
Getting help from a competent person enables your business to meet the requirements of health and safety law. This will help you reduce the risk to your business and help keep your staff safe. The help and advice provided by a competent person can give you peace of mind allowing you to fully focus on running your business.
What the competent person service offers
√ Health and Safety support and advice by phone or email during business hours
√ A qualified, dedicated consultant
√ Newsletter with updates on changes to legislation or industry practices
√ Discounted prices on other Health and Safety Services we offer
√ Inform your clients we act as your health and safety competent person (certificate provided)
How much does it cost?
We can act as your competent person for £30 per month for a 12 month period.
Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed.
Health surveillance may be required by law if your employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air
Occupational Health is important for the following reasons:
• Detecting ill-health effects at an early stage, so employers can introduce better controls to prevent them getting worse.
• Providing data to help employers evaluate health risks.
• Enabling employees to raise concerns about how work affects their health.
• Highlighting lapses in workplace control measures, therefore providing invaluable feedback to the risk assessment.
• Providing an opportunity to reinforce training and education of employees (e.g. on the impact of health effects and the use of protective equipment).
Activities to monitor health where the effects from work are strongly suspected but cannot be established
• Workplace wellbeing checks, such as promoting healthy living.
• Fitness to work examinations e.g., operate cranes, forklift trucks or health assessments requested by night employees.
We work with a number of organisations that can assist to improving the health of staff through breathing exercises, Pilates, yoga, etc..
We can assist in the following services:
• OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management
• ISO 9000 Quality Management
• ISO 14000 Environmental Management
Industry Specific Needs, such as:
• Contractor Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
All projects must have:
• Workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.
•Contractors providing appropriate supervision, instruction and information.
• A written construction phase plan.