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Sector Competence


The Event Safety Sector is quite unlike any other with such a broad scope of the types of events, the environments in which they take place, the activities undertaken, the profile of the audience, the breadth of knowledge and specialisms required and the experience and culture of the event organisers to deliver an event safely.

A Health and Safety Qualification alone does not make any individual a competent event safety professional, anymore than it would make you a competent industrial, nuclear or construction safety professional in other sectors. Yet  numerous events still employ or contract individuals or companies that have little or no competence, qualification or experience to undertake the roles and responsibilities required, sometimes through lack of understanding often , more often through the choice of putting money before safety. This is a breach of both legal and ethical duty, equally ending up costing the client more than contracting a competent event safety professional in the first place and would be undefendable in a court room. Every event has to undertake ‘due diligence’ to confirm that all contractors they employ are competent to undertake the roles and responsibilities they assign them, amoung other requirements.

The Health and Safety Executive recognises that industry specific competence varies depending on the work or workplace involved and that that the competence to undertake certain roles within certain industries requires much more than a basic Health and Safety qualification. The definition of competence used by ESMA is;

“A person shall be regarded as occupationally competent where he or she has sufficient training, qualification and experience of their role to meet the national occupational standards relevant to the tasks within their identified role.

This includes knowing the limits of personal knowledge, skills and experience”.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for effective performance in a job role and are expressed as outcomes of competent performance.

Every employer is required under law to appoint a Competent Person (or Competent Persons) to assist them to meet their legal health and safety obligations. This is a requirement under the Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999. This means an employer must appoint someone competent to provide sound advice on all matters of health and safety.

Within the UK it is a mandatory legal duty to appoint a competent person or persons. An employer who has not made an appointment of a suitable person to fulfil the role is in breach of a statutory duty under health and safety legislation and therefore becomes liable to criminal prosecution.


Qualification


Experience


Training


Competence Mapping

Qualification

Whilst ESMA recognises non sector specific and specialist qualifications as a fundimental element of event safety competence, it is only one element of sector competence mapping.


Other Factors

Other factors taken into account include; transferable skills, management qualifications / experience, published papers / articles etc. Memberships of other sector professional bodies / associations etc.


Experience & Responsibility

The amount of verifiable sector experience and level of responsibility an individual has accrued over their career is equally important. A verifiable CV is part of the application for full membership.


Training & CPD

Ongoing sector specific or specialist training and /or continuing professional development for other sector professional bodies such as IOSH, IIRSM, UKCMA, Msyl would be accepted as further evidence.


A person shall be regarded as occupationally competent where he or she has sufficient training, qualification and experience of their role to meet the national occupational standards relevant to the tasks within their identified role.


This includes knowing the limits of personal knowledge, skills and experience

Sector Competence for Events

glastSector Specific Experience

Responsibility & Other Factors

Qualification / Training