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8 Hour Trenching and Excavation Competent Person

(Classroom Version)
$195.00 ITEM #0305-1185

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."

This course has been approved for 8 Contact Hours (0.8 CEUs) of REHS Continuing Education Credits (Public Health Accreditation #044).


Certificate of Completion
About This Training

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 OSHA 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.

Why is This Training Necessary?

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.

Who Should Take This Training?

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.

How Long Is This Training?

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.

How Else Can I Take This Course?

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 for on-site training conducted at your location. This training requires hands-on experience and cannot be conducted online.

Is This Course Certified?

Each student who successfully completes this course will be issued a Fed-OSHA Certificate of Completionfrom Safety Unlimited, Inc. in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120.

This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations. Students will also be mailed a PVC Wallet ID Card with an optional photo.

IACET Continuing Education Credits

Authorized IACET Provider

Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 8 Contact Hours (0.8 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.

Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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What Topics Does This Training Cover?

The Safety Unlimited, Inc. Trenching and Excavation Competent Person course is designed to help you meet OSHA's training requirements.

  • Definitions of Key Terms Used in the OSHA Excavation Standards;
  • OSHA Requirements for being a Competent Person;
  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work;
  • Requirements for Locating and Working Near Underground Utilities;
  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation;
  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations;
  • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic;
  • Identifying and Addressing Potential Atmospheric Hazards Associated with Excavation Work;
  • Soil Testing and Classification System (per appendix A of the OSHA excavation standard);
  • Requirements for Protective Systems;
    • Sloping and Benching
    • Shoring
    • Trench Boxes
  • Competent Person Inspection Requirements;
  • OSHA Directives and Interpretations Related to Trenching and Excavation;
  • OSHA Enforcement Inspections at Trenching and Excavation Sites;