Why you need a competent person, and how to get one
As an employer, it is important that you understand
Sometimes you, or members of your work force, will have the knowledge, experience and skills to identify these dangers and how to protect against them.
However, you might not have that knowledge within your organisation. In these cases, it is important that you know where to get extra specialist help and support.
As an employer, you are legally required to have access to a competent person to help with health and safety duties. Whoever you choose should have the correct knowledge and skills. You can appoint
Your level of competency depends on different factors, such as the nature and risks of your business. For example, the knowledge and skills needed of an appointed person in a family-run coffee shop, will be very different to someone who works in an oil refinery.
You should support the chosen person to understand the hazards in your workplace to help keep workers safe.
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