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Health and Safety Competent Person

Competent Person Service

Leeds | York | Bradford | Yorkshire | UK

Under Regulation 7 of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, every employer must appoint one or more competent persons.  When appointing competent assistance employers should endeavour to appoint one or more of their employees to provide Health and Safety assistance.  If there is no such person within the business, or there is insufficient competence or knowledge of Health and Safety law, then an external person should be appointed.  As qualified and Chartered Health and Safety Consultants, we can act as your competent person.  We have a number of Consultants registered on Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register.

Our Health and Safety Competent person service will appoint a designated dedicated Health and Safety Consultant who will act as your competent person.  This bespoke service will provide you with a knowledgeable and likeable Health and Safety Consultant who will guide you through the maze of Health and Safety Regulation, ensuring you are aware of all your legal responsibilities and helping you to meet them.

Call us on 0845 2240028 or contact us through the website to find out more about our competent person service.

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Health and Safety Competent Person

Health and Safety Competent Person

What is competent person?

What makes a person competent to advise organisation’s on health and safety matters?

A competent person is someone who has sufficient training, experience and knowledge and other personal qualities that will allow them to assist you effectively in understanding and meeting your health and safety responsibilities. Competent assistance is fundamental to manage risks sensibly. The Health and Safety Executive describes being competent as having:

Relevant knowledge, skills and experience; the ability to apply these appropriately, while recognising limits of your competence; and the necessary training to help you acquire and maintain competence.

‘Fit for purpose’

In line with HSE guidance and expectation on competent persons, SMS Europe as a provider of health and safety assistance, will ensure that our advice is:


  • Based on a correct assessment of the risk; and
  • Taking account of any established standards (eg exposure limits) and good practice


  • Directed at the actual circumstances found in your workplace under consideration;
  • Based on our knowledge and experience of the particular industry, process etc.; and
  • Tapping into the knowledge and experience of both the management and workers at the particular workplace.


  • Concentrating on practical action to control significant risks;
  • Not over­responding to trivial risks;
  • Not pursuing paperwork as an end in itself; and
  • Looking to control measures that are reasonably practicable.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations – Regulation 7

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations Regulation 7 states that every employer shall appoint a competent person to assist him in undertaking the measure he needs to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by relevant statutory provisions.  As an employer, you can appoint a person internally, but if you don’t have someone with the skills, training or experience, Safety Management Services can provide this service for you.

Get in touch and we will be happy to explain our Competent Person Service to you in full.