Competent Advice & Support “competent person”

What is Competent Advice & Support?

Competent Advice & Support

As an employer, you must appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. A competent person is someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to help you manage health and safety. Think of this person or organisation as an expert who you can call upon for advice and guidance on health and safety matters as and when you need it. Complisafe Health and Safety Consultants provide many organisations with prompt, reliable and most importantly “Competent” advice and support. Typical queries that we deal with on a daily basis include advice on Health and Safety Training, Risk Assessments, Fire Risk Assessments, Policies, Accidents and Incidents, Pre Qualification Questionnaires, Ergonomics, Auditing and Inspections.

Complisafe Health and Safety Consultants possess wide ranging experience in civil and criminal cases, risk management, investigations and working with enforcing authorities. Our Health and Safety Consultants are registered on the OSHCR (Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register) and are Chartered Members of IOSH.

Why do you need it?

Yes, it’s another legal requirement! Health and Safety is an area of business where awareness and knowledge has increased over the years and you may well have some expertise within your business already. However, many companies do not need or have the resources to have a directly employed person either full or part time and this is where Complisafe Health and Safety Consultants can help and provide you with the support and guidance you need.

It many circumstances you will need this for accreditations, insurance, short term projects, training, tenders and compliance but ultimately it will give you confidence in managing your risks as and when you need it. As highly qualified and experienced Health and Safety Consultants, Complisafe provide reassurance, confidence and peace of mind .

How do we work?

Our approach is to understand firstly what you do and the type of support you need. Every business is different but we are very experienced in working out what type of support and guidance you may require and we take pride in our honest and practical advice. Some clients may only contact us a handful of times throughout the year and some will speak to us every week! Once engaged with Complisafe Health and Safety Consultants we are available to answer questions and take calls on all things Health, Safety, Fire and CDM. We issue you with a certificate that can be displayed at your workplace and shared with clients that confirms the relationship with Complisafe and your business.

How much is it?

For a typical low risk small business, wanting a named company as a resource for accreditations and questionnaires with telephone and email support for quick questions and advice every now and then the cost can start from as little as £400 per annum.

For larger organisations who require monthly or weekly support with close contact, Complisafe would be able to draft a bespoke arrangement taking into account your specific requirements. We can also combine our support packages to include Policies, Risk Assessments and Training.

What makes a good Health and Safety consultant?

A good Health and Safety consultant is an invaluable asset to any organisation, as they play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being of employees and compliance with health and safety regulations. Here are some qualities and skills that make a good Health and Safety consultant:

  1. Expertise and Knowledge: A good consultant should possess a deep understanding of health and safety regulations, industry standards, and best practices. They should stay updated with the latest developments in the field and have expertise in assessing risks and implementing effective control measures.
  2. Communication Skills: Effective communication is vital for a consultant to convey complex health and safety information to clients in a clear and concise manner. They should be able to explain technical concepts, regulations, and recommendations to individuals at all levels of an organization. Active listening skills are also essential for understanding the unique needs and challenges of each client.
  3. Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: A consultant must be able to assess workplace hazards, conduct risk assessments, and develop practical solutions to address health and safety concerns. They should possess strong analytical skills to identify potential risks and develop appropriate control measures to mitigate them effectively.
  4. Adaptability and Flexibility: The field of health and safety is constantly evolving, with new regulations and emerging risks. A good consultant should be adaptable and able to adjust their approach to accommodate changing circumstances and client needs. They should also be flexible in developing customized solutions that suit the specific requirements of different industries and organizations.
  5. Attention to Detail: Health and safety consultants must have a keen eye for detail to identify potential hazards and ensure compliance with regulations. They should be meticulous in their assessments and documentation, leaving no room for oversight or ambiguity.
  6. Collaboration and Interpersonal Skills: Consultants often work closely with clients and employees at various levels of an organisation. The ability to build strong relationships, collaborate with different stakeholders, and influence change is essential for success. Strong interpersonal skills enable consultants to gain trust, effectively train employees, and create a positive safety culture within the organization.
  7. Professionalism and Integrity: Health and safety consultants must demonstrate professionalism and integrity in all aspects of their work. They should maintain confidentiality, adhere to ethical standards, and provide objective advice based on their expertise and knowledge. Trustworthiness and credibility are vital for building long-term relationships with clients.
  8. Continuous Learning: The field of health and safety is dynamic, and regulations are constantly evolving. A good consultant should be committed to continuous learning and professional development. They should actively seek opportunities to expand their knowledge, attend relevant workshops or conferences, and engage in ongoing education to stay updated with the latest practices and regulations.

In summary, a good Health and Safety consultant combines experience, expertise, strong communication skills, analytical abilities, adaptability, and professionalism. By possessing these qualities and skills, they can effectively guide organisations in creating safe and healthy work environments while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Do you need help with Competent Advice & Support “competent person”?

Contact us by phone  0333 577 2700 or fill in our contact form to get a call back to discuss how we can help.

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