Competent Person! What's all that about?
15th September 2009
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Every employer is required by Law to appoint a Competent Person to assist them meet their legal health and safety obligations. This is a requirement under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.


Quite simply, this means an employer must appoint someone competent to provide sound advice on all matters of health and safety.  Indeed, insurers will assume they already comply with this requirement. 


John Bradstreet of Farnham-based Health and Safety Consultancy, Just Safety Limited says “Getting health and safety right will help to protect your staff and also makes good business sense.  With a Competent Person Package, the employer appoints a consultant to act as their competent person. This is usually a more cost-effective option for small businesses that do not have the resources to appointment someone internally”.


A comprehensive Competent Person package should ensure continued compliance with ever-changing safety legislation and provide a business with sensible, affordable support, including:

  • Writing all documents e.g. Policies, Procedures, Risk Assessments
  • Regular Audits and updated Action Plan
  • Help with tenders, CHAS, SAFE Contractor applications etc
  • Twice yearly visits to review and update
  • Access to a Health & Safety "Helpline"

Just Safety Limited is a health & safety consultancy specialising in providing local businesses with no-nonsense, cost-effective advice.

To find out more about JustSafety's Competent Person package or other services, call John:


01420 489267 or email

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