Any business which employs 5 or more people must appoint a competent person to cover health and safety responsibilities. More often than not this is through working with a health and safety company but what should you ask them to ensure you are getting compliant, up-to-date advice?
To be able to act as your appointed competent person you need to ensure that both the health and safety company and their individual advisers are suitably qualified. Check which, if any, governing bodies they are members of and ask about the qualification level for individual advisers.
Always check the health and safety company has adequate insurance in place to be providing health and safety advise to you and your business.
3. Out of hours cover
If you have an emergency in the middle of the night or at the weekend does your health and safety company provide 24/7 cover? If they do, do you know how to contact them and if they will offer telephone advice or will they make a site visit?
4. Sector knowledge
Difference sectors and businesses have a broad range of different health and safety challenges and considerations. Does your health and safety provider have relevant sector experience and specialism?
5. How they work
Health and safety advice and guidance can be offered in different ways. Advice can be given on an annual, ad hoc or retained monthly basis and the level you require will depend on your business and identified risks. Make sure you are clear about what you are getting for your money. Ongoing audits? Risk assessments written? Policy creation? Staff training?
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