The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 requires (Regulation 7) that employers appoint one or more ‘competent persons’ to assist in undertaking the measures needed to comply with the requirements of any relevant statutory provisions.
Where an employer can appoint such a person from within the organisation (i.e. if that person exists or can be trained), that should be done in preference to an external appointment, but, whether appointed internally or externally, the person(s) appointed must be ‘competent’ to carry out the tasks assigned and must be given appropriate levels of information and support.
Accordingly, clients considering instructing RS+ will need to be aware of the expertise available. The regulations suggest that competence involves:
All of our advisors possess the necessary skills, knowledge and experience (SKE) and in addition to the short team biographies, full CVs are available, for all RS+ personnel, on request.
As mentioned above, it is also important to recognise the limitations of the competence provided. Accordingly, although the following areas of activity are not currently offered, in terms of either competent advice or training, the network of specialists available to RS+ means that they could be sourced, on behalf of a client, externally and / or may become available, at any time.