Selecting "Competent" Staff.

There are now a lot of very competent people about who have training and experience but who have trouble obtaining work, this is because there are also employers who are not competent enough to know and understand they need to employ competent people and they don't really know, care or understand who is actually competent and how to select and employ them! Employers also need training in selecting the right staff. 

There are also those who know they should employ competent persons but don’t as they wrongly consider it’s cheaper to employ those who are far less competent.

Quite simply, health and safety law requires you to ensure your staff have had or are having the required training to be competent, competence is a mixture of training, qualification, experience and other qualities all in the right proportions! Employers must employ competent persons or provide the required training to staff free of charge and in normal working hours. 

Competence can be described as the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also affect someone's competence.