Cal-OSHA and Fed-OSHA Versions Available
The term "Competent Person" is used in many OSHA standards and documents. An OSHA "competent person" is defined as "one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them."
By way of training and/or experience, a competent person is knowledgeable of applicable standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them.
This one-day classroom Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training course goes far beyond the basic awareness level that many OSHA courses provide for trenching and excavation. Since the competent person is required to make critical decisions, they must receive much more in-depth training in order to create a safe environment for workers, as outlined in the OSHAs standards.
This course will help the competent person answer important job site questions such as: Are there adequate means of access and egress? Are adjacent structures stabilized? Does the procedure require benching or multiple benching, shoring, or shielding? Are means of egress from the cut, cavity, or depression no more than 25 feet from the work?
These, and many more, are the kinds of questions a competent person on a trenching or excavation site should be asking. While there is no substitute for real-world hands-on experience, this Trenching and Excavation Competent Person course will go a long way in providing a good foundation of knowledge from which a worker can create a safer excavation work environment.
The fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than general construction. This is why OSHA requires a competent person be present at every job site. Additionally, OSHA requires that a "Trenching and Excavation Competent Person" be on your construction or maintenance site whenever workers are exposed in an excavation.
The training is designed to benefit employees at all levels of an organization, including senior management, safety professionals, project managers, project estimators, project superintendents, project foremen, and laborers engaged in projects related to the excavation standard.
The competent person training class takes approximately 8 hours to complete and includes a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Other options are available for client-hosted classes.
This classroom training is offered as open enrollment at our training facility or as on-site training hosted by the employer. You can request a quote to have on-site training conducted at your location.
Yes. Each student who successfully completes this course will be issued a Safety Unlimited, Inc. Sample Certificate that can be downloaded, saved, or printed as many times as needed. Students will also be mailed a PVC Wallet ID Card card, with an optional photo.
The Safety Unlimited, Inc. Trenching and Excavation Competent Person course is designed to help you meet OSHA's training requirements.