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Steel body offers safety service

STEEL industry leaders have launched a health and safety service to provide a 'competent person' to comply with planned new laws next year.

The British Constructional Steelwork Association's new Safety in Steel Construction Health & Safety Service provides a competent person as a focal point for all safety issues.

BCSA health and safety manager Peter Walker said: 'Employers have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations to appoint one or more 'competent persons' to assist in the measures needed to be taken to comply with the requirements of health and safety at work.

'An additional focus on the subject of 'competent persons' will be highlighted in the new CDM regulations 2007.'

The service will offer the competent person role alongside a 24-hour telephone line and site visits for an annual subscription of £2,500.