Competence assessment for the hazardous industries
COMAH duty holders recognise the importance of experienced and competent staff.
The Health and Safety Executive have developed safety report assessment guidance that asks for a competence assurance system that includes the setting of appropriate competence standards, assessment and reassessment of competence. The HSE also ask that there be a specific link between identified safety critical tasks and a targeted comprehensive management system.
This report provides:
A review of current practice;
A view of what comprises good practice in the field of competence assessment in relation to major accident prevention;
A body of advice, checklists and examples of assessment.
The report has drawn together experience, standards and lessons learnt from a number of high hazard industries, particularly chemicals, offshore, nuclear and aviation. It has also given due regard to the guidance on competence assessment laid out by personnel specialists, national certification bodies and institutes.