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Mabbett provides experienced, knowledgeable, technical staff registered with IOSH and the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) who can help provide competent person services for your business whether in person, remotely or a combination of both.
We tailor our services to the scale and complexity of your business and help you secure compliance with the health & safety regulations applicable to your activities. Mabbett provides outsourced health & safety expertise in various sectors, including:
The requirement to have a competent person(s) to support your organisation applies to all employers, regardless of size or sector. Although the regulations do encourage organisations (where practicable) to appoint a ‘competent advisor’ from within, this may not always be possible. For example:
By law, organisations require a ‘competent person’ to advise on steps required to comply with health and safety law aimed at keeping people safe from harm. Depending on the nature and complexity of the business, this will be one or more persons who have the ability to recognise the health and safety risks associated with your organisation and identify sensible and proportionate solutions. Mabbett Health and Safety Consultants have a wealth of experience and we pride ourselves in providing flexible, responsive and solution focussed support to aid our clients’ continuous regulatory compliance.
The relevant requirement is found in Regulation 7 of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000. This states that “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.” See the Health and Safety Executive’s guidance at https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/gettinghelp/index.htm.
Employers must comply with all relevant health & safety laws and regulations – a legal duty which cannot be delegated or transferred to anyone else. However, most business owners are not health and safety specialists, which is why the law requires employers to appoint somebody to assist them. The purpose of the competent person is to utilise their knowledge, skills and professional judgement to help you comply with relevant rules and regulations and ultimately ensure the health and safety of your workers, customers, visitors and anyone else who may be affected by your activities.