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09) Does your organisation you have a senior manager or board member who is responsible for your Health & Safety Programme?

August 20, 2021 Procurement Risk Health and Safety Appointed Person

Answer yes if your organisation has an appointed resource that is responsible for the design and delivery of your company's health and safety programme. This is typically a health and safety officer. In the notes, please outline the job role and whether or not this is a dedicated full time position.

Your company must comply with all law and regulation relating to Health and Safety in the workplace. As an employer, you must appoint a competent person or people to help you meet your health and safety legal duties.

They should have the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to recognise hazards in your business and help you put sensible controls in place to protect workers and others from harm. It’s not usually essential for them to have formal qualifications and they’re not required by law to have formal training, although it can help.

An appointed person could be one, or a combination of:

  • yourself;
  • one or more of your workers;
  • 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.

If there’s a competent person within your workforce, use them rather than a competent person from outside your business.

How to implement the control:

The Health and Safety Executive within the UK has some great guidance on implementing Health and Safety controls within your organisation. It can be found on their website here.

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