Cogent Skills is an external expert provider of competence management solutions
Regulatory Inspectors need businesses to demonstrate operational competence, by having access to competent Persons and Systems – to evidence an individual employee’s workplace knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviours. This can be an internal or external resource.
Board Members, Directors, Managers and Supervisors – responsible for the safe operations of Assets, People , Systems and the Environment.
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Definition by the HSE competent authority:
Truly effective health and safety management requires competency across every facet of an organisation and through every level of the workforce.
Competence is the ability to undertake responsibilities and perform activities to a recognised standard on a regular basis. It combines practical and thinking skills, knowledge and experience.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) require an employer to appoint one or more competent people to help them implement the measures they need to take to comply with the legal requirements. That could be a member of the workforce, the owner/manager, or an external consultant. The competent person should focus on the significant risks and those with serious consequences.
The competence of individuals is vital, whether they are employers, managers, supervisors, employees and contractors, especially those with safety-critical roles (such as plant maintenance engineers). It ensures they recognise the risks in their activities and can apply the right measures to control and manage those risks.