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NHBC takes on safety consultants

9 Jul 12 Housebuilders' warranty firm NHBC is diversifying into safety consultancy and launching a ‘competent person’ scheme aimed at small building contractors.

Builders can now appoint NHBC as their ‘competent person’ and get help with health and safety policies and procedures.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, every business must provide for access to health and safety advice, and must have someone appointed as a 'competent person' to help compliance with health and safety duties and legislation. This person can be either an employee or an external consultant.

Tom Kitchen, operations manager of NHBC’s health and safety services, said: “The response to this has been very encouraging. From the moment we started talking to builders about this, it became clear that our assistance is both welcomed and needed. With the complexity of health and safety legislation, and its current state of change, smaller builders risk inadvertent non-compliance, and are looking for someone they can rely on."

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