The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state that every organisation should have access to competent Health and Safety advice. Can your organisation demonstrate that it has access to competent advice?
If not, Pennington Choices, can provide you with a qualified Health and Safety Consultant that would act as the dedicated point of contact for your organisation.
We can also act as the legally required Competent Person as required by Regulation 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Our experienced and qualified consultants take time to ensure that we understand exactly how your organisation operates so that we can expertly advise on all risks. This also allows us to provide a bespoke service to each client, ensuring that they are receiving value for money.
As your Competent Person you will receive ongoing support and this could mean:
- We develop and help implement your Prioritised Safety Action Plan, Health and Safety Policy and Employee Health and Safety Handbook.
- We provide access to comprehensive resources where you can access all your documents and a library of practical guides.
- Visits to your premises, not merely to inspect but to help you implement positive change.
- Emergency assistance is provided in the case of for example, Health and Safety Executive visits and accident investigations.
- You have access to unlimited telephone and email support.
- In the event of a serious incident we investigate, liaise with the authorities and help you defend against any prosecutions.
If you already have a competent person in place it may be worth considering the following points.
A competent person should be suitably qualified and maintain this knowledge through regular Continuing Professional Development (CDP) training. This is to ensure that they are keeping up-to-date with the latest legislation and regulations.
Is your competent person able to understand and take a broad Health and Safety overview across your organisation?
Experienced and qualified professionals should understand all aspects of the business, however, many businesses tend to appoint an ‘in house’ competent person from just one part of the business – e.g. an office based employee. An issue with this is that they may not fully understand all the risks associated in other parts of the business.
A key requirement with the law is that your competent person must have time to do the job. However, in most cases we find that the competent person role is an add-on to another role or is ‘fitted in’ around other responsibilities. This cannot be the case, and it is important that you have an individual in place, that understands the health and safety risks, and has time to ensure that measures are being put in place to mitigate them from happening.
As well as having a competent person, it is vital that you are investing into your organisation’s Health and Safety. Not only to comply with The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, but also to demonstrate that you are committed to improving your safety culture.
In order to comply with The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, a key part is ensuring the proactive management of risk. It is therefore vital that you have a clear way of managing Health and Safety tasks across your organisation, so that if the worst did happen, you have immediate evidence of who you asked to do what, and by when.
If you have answered no to any of the above questions, or would like to find out more about how Pennington Choices Competent Person services, you can get in touch with our experts today. This can be done either via email or by calling 0800 883 0334.
Professional Services Director
Professional Services Director
- International Certification of Enterprise Risk Management
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Joint Honours Degree – English, Literature and History
- Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)
- Management of Portfolios (MoP)
- PRINCE2 and DSDM Agile PM Practitioner
Sarah Davies is our Professional Services Director and has spent nearly two decades working with organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors. Starting her career with the Audit Commission before moving into strategic leadership roles in Police, Fire and Social Housing; Sarah has substantial experience in Strategic Procurement, Value for Money and leading complex and large-scale business and digital transformational change programmes and operational services.
As Assistant Director of Business Improvement at a housing provider, Sarah introduced and embedded a new Enterprise Risk Management Approach and advised in the EU procurement of a new repairs service, including an emergency procurement. During her time as Head of Strategic Change for Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue, Sarah was the Lead Officer for Digital and Organisation Transformation and Efficiency Programmes; delivering three major collaborations/ mergers with other organisations, including the development and implementation of a back-office shared service for UK Policing (using Oracle ERP technology).
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