What are the requirements of The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations concerning the appointment of “competent persons” for the purposes of the Regulations?

One or more “competent persons” must be appointed by the employer “in order to provide such protective and preventive services as are necessary to enable him to comply with the requirements of these Regulations” – in other words to promote shipboard health and safety.

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