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As an employer, you must use someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. It’s not essential for them to have formal qualifications and they’re not required by law to have formal training, although it can help. But whoever you choose should have the skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety.

The competent person could be:

  • you
  • one or more of your workers
  • someone from outside your business

or a combination of the above.

If someone within your workforce is competent, you should use them rather than someone from outside your business. Usually, managing health and safety isn’t complicated and you can do it yourself with the help of your workers. You know your workplace best and the risks associated with it.

How to manage health and safety in your business

When you may need help

If your business is large, complex or high risk and your organisation doesn’t have the competence to manage health and safety in-house, you can get help and advice from someone outside. But remember, as the employer, managing health and safety will still be your legal duty.

Updated 2019-12-02