Appointing a competent person

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Appointing a competent person

Businesses need to have the right knowledge, skills and experience to develop and manage healthy workplaces that comply with the law.

In many cases those skills are already within the business. In some cases they need to be bought in.

The Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 allow employers to appoint a competent person to help them comply with the law. A competent person is someone who has sufficient training and experience or knowledge or other qualities that will help the employer. The level of competence required will depend on the nature and complexity of the business and workplace.

If you have appointed such a person you may be asked to demonstrate how you ensured he or she was competent for the role.

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