What is a 'Competent Person'?

UK

The UK Health & Safety Executive defines a 'Competent Person' as “someone who has the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to manage health and safety”.

Depending on the particular legislation, the Competent Person can be either an individual or the body which employs the individual to provide inspection services.

Ireland

The 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act defines a ‘Competent Person’ “where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size or hazards (or both of them) of the undertaking or establishment in which he or she undertakes work, the person possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken”.

HSB Inspection Services

Helping customers to maintain workplace equipment safety, optimise the efficiency of plant and equipment, and comply with applicable health and safety legislation throughout the UK and Ireland.