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Health and Safety Competent Person FAQ

November 3, 2015 3:05pm All News Stories  Health & Safety News  Nick Wilson, Ellis Whittam Director of Health & Safety Services

You’ll hear this term a lot in discussion about Health and Safety, but just what is a Competent Person, exactly?

Regulation 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that “Every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.”

What skills are required? What are the responsibilities associated with it? Nick Wilson, Ellis Whittam’s Director of Health & Safety Services, has prepared a simple FAQ on the subject which you can read here.

In case you weren’t aware, Ellis Whittam can perform the role of Competent Person for you.

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to talk in more detail about this and what it means for your organisation.