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Organisations must appoint one or more competent people to help carry out the measures needed to comply with the law.

It is important for organisations to decide the level of competence necessary to comply with the law. A judgement can be made using the organisation's risk profile.   

Who should be the competent person?

Smaller, low-hazard environments

The role could be allocated to the owner or someone else in the organisation who does not necessarily have a qualification but does have knowledge and experience of the business.

However, it is important that the nominated person is able to recognise issues outside their competence, so more experienced advice can be sought where necessary.  

Larger or more hazardous environments

The risk profile may point to employing a specialist adviser to comply with the law.

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Updated: 2020-11-13