Whether you outsource health and safety support, or manage things in-house is a decision for individual businesses. Employers 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 manage health and safety.
In some cases, staff members have the necessary skills to be able to draft a simple health and safety policy, risk assessments, checklists and inspection records and keep businesses on the right side of the law, so why outsource?
With pressures of an on-going workload, keeping up to date with health and safety can be a challenge and a number of organisations, despite best intentions, find themselves either not having enough time nor the capacity to complete this work.
On other occasions, whilst organisations have some skills internally, they may wish to seek external advice on specialist subjects, for example; asbestos, fire safety or manual handling or simply when they feel they’d benefit form a fresh pair of eyes.
Finally where an organisation doesn’t have access to a competent person, this role can be fulfilled by the use of an appropriately qualified and experienced external advisor
As a business, we can help. From one off pieces of work when businesses have limited capacity, to support with specialist assessments or a retained consultancy service.
Danny Street, Director