The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state that:
‘Every employer shall appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions’
This means that all business should have access to competent advice and guidance by a knowledgeable and experienced person. A competent person as defined in paragraph 8 is “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 the measures referred to in paragraph (1).”
This role can be filled internally by an employee or externally by an external contractor. Appointing HTA as your competent person fulfils your legal duty detailed above.