Aimed to increase understanding of competence levels held by people acting as nominated competent persons, as required by the Management of Health and safety at Work Regulations 1999. Shows how the issue is addressed in 502 companies in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Findings indicate that the competent person is likely to be senior within the organisation, and have considerable experience within that industry. The level of health and safety training was variable, ranging from 20% with no training to 20% having level 3 standard qualifications or above. The level of training and resources provided does not correlate to risk level, but does to company size.
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