Is A Consultant the Right Choice?
This question is probably foremost on your mind, after all, you know you need to comply with the law, but how far do you really need to go?
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 say, at Regulation 7 that:
- every employer shall employ one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions.
So, it would appear that you need to have someone who knows something about Health and Safety, but could this be an existing member of staff? Well, yes, is the short answer, but bear in mind that the regulations go on to say that:
- a person shall be regarded as competent where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to assist in undertaking those measures.
Therefore, if you have a member of staff who has some training and experience, or you yourself feel competent to fulfil these duties, then there is probably no need to employ an external consultant.
Be aware though, that failure to provide competent advice for your staff and organisational undertakings can lead to a prosecution - particularly if something goes wrong.
If you are unsure whether you require a consultant or not, then I am happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to establish your needs.