What is a “competent” person under Cal-OSHA?

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Here is the definition of competent person from Title 8 Cal-OSHA:

“Competent Person” is 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.

Here’s two definitions you should be familiar with:

Qualified Person  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/trainingreq.htm#top

Competent Person  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/trainingreq.htm#top

Examples:

·         Excavation – Inspectors 1541

·         Fall Protection Plan implementers & supervisors 1671.1

·         Lift Slab Construction 1522.1

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