• steven mullan

What is a competent person in relation to Health and Safety?

Updated: May 8




To be considered ‘competent’, an individual must have sufficient training, experience and knowledge of health and safety in order to assist you properly.

Within the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 there is a requirement for every employer to have, where necessary, the services of a “competent person” and this is defined as:

Every employer shall appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions

The HSE advises that employers who aren’t confident in their ability to manage health and safety internally should seek support from an external health and safety professional.

As health and safety professionals ourselves, SM Safety Training & Consultancy act as the “competent person” to many of our clients who do not need a full-time safety professional or who cannot afford one.

For any queries or questions regarding our health & safety services please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 07540057755 or e-mail one of our health & safety consultants on info@smsafetytraining.com can members do?


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