Competent Person – Management of Health & Safety Regulations

Every employer is required under law to appoint a Competent Person (or Competent Persons) to assist them meet their legal health and safety obligations. This means an employer must appoint someone competent to provide sound advice on all matters of health and safety.

Within the UK it is a mandatory legal duty to appoint a competent person or persons. An employer who has not made an appointment of a suitable person to fulfil the role is in breach of a statutory duty under health and safety legislation and therefore becomes liable to criminal prosecution.

The appointed Competent Person may be an internal appointment supported by external expertise or an external appointment. In either case as professional health and safety consultants we can provide a competent person package so that you are able to meet this most fundamental obligation.

Control of Asbestos Regulations

Regulation 10 Training

The Regulations require mandatory training for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or who may disturb asbestos as well as those involved in asbestos removal work.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations

Place a duty on employers to provide adequate first aid equipment, facilities and personnel for all of its employees.

Health and Safety Planning

Although there is no requirement under this Act or even the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to accommodate the first aid needs of visitors or contractors, however, the HSE strongly recommends that employers include non-employees in their assessment of first aid needs and make adequate provision for them.

Employers must assess the level of risk to their employees in performing their work duties by carrying out an evaluation of first aid needs. This will affect what first aid equipment, personnel and facilities they need to make available.

Risk Assessment – Management of Health & Safety Regulations

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers and the self employed must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to both employees and other people.

Also where there are 5 or more employees the findings of the risk assessments must be recorded.

Legislation

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

The order requires the implementation of adequate fire precautions, a detailed risk assessment and sufficient arrangements to evacuate the building in an emergency.

All employers are responsible for fire safety; this covers fire hazards, both from work processes and activities, as well as general fire safety in the workplace.

Employers must carry out a fire risk assessment, although this can be done as part of their general risk assessment. This will identify all the fire hazards and risks in your workplace. Employers need to identify all fire risks and then take steps to eliminate, reduce or control them.

Fire risk assessments should be carried out by someone who has had sufficient training or has good experience or knowledge of fire safety.