There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
This section highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), and standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to competent persons.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart F, Powered platforms, manlifts, and vehicle-mounted work platforms
- 1910 Subpart H, Hazardous materials
- 1910.109, Explosives and blasting agents
- 1910 Subpart N, Materials handling and storage
- 1910 Subpart R, Special industries
- 1910.268, Telecommunications
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915 Subpart A, General provisions
- 1915 Subpart B, Confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres in shipyard employment
- 1915.11, Scope, applications, and definitions applicable to this subpart
- 1915.12, Precautions and the order of testing before entering confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres
- 1915.13, Cleaning and other cold work
- 1915.14, Hot work
- 1915.15, Maintenance of safe conditions
- Appendix A, Compliance assistance guidelines for confined and enclosed spaces and other dangerous atmospheres
- 1915 Subpart C, Surface preparation and preservation
- 1915 Subpart D, Welding, cutting and heating
- 1915 Subpart E, Scaffolds, ladders and other working surfaces
- 1915.71, Scaffolds or staging
- 1915 Subpart G,
Gear and equipment for rigging and materials handling
- 1915.117, Qualifications of operators
- 1915 Subpart H, Tools and related equipment
- 1915 Subpart K, Portable, unfired pressure vessels, drums and containers, other than ship's equipment
- 1915.172, Portable air receivers and other unfired pressure vessels
- 1915 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
Longshoring (29 CFR 1918)
- 1918 Subpart B, Gear certification
- 1918 Subpart J, Personal protective equipment
Gear Certification (29 CFR 1919)
- 1919.2, Definition of terms
- 1919.26, Visual inspection before tests
- 1919.27, Unit proof tests-winches, derricks and gear accessory thereto
- 1919.28, Unit proof tests-cranes and gear accessory thereto
- 1919.29, Limitations on safe working loads and proof loads
- 1919.30, Examinations subsequent to unit tests
- 1919.31, Proof tests-loose gear
- 1919.32, Specially designed blocks and components
- 1919.33, Proof tests-wire rope
- 1919.34, Proof tests after repairs or alterations
- 1919.35, Order of tests
- 1919.36, Heat treatment
- 1919.37, Competent persons
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart C, General safety and health provisions
- 1926 Subpart D, Occupational health and environmental controls
- 1926 Subpart E, Personal protective and life saving equipment
- 1926.101, Hearing protection
- 1926 Subpart H, Materials handling, storage, use, and disposal
- 1926.251, Rigging equipment for material handling
- 1926 Subpart J, Welding and cutting
- 1926.354, Welding, cutting, and heating in way of preservative coatings
- 1926 Subpart K, Electrical
- 1926.404, Wiring design and protection
- 1926 Subpart L, Scaffolds
- 1926 Subpart M, Fall protection
- 1926.500, Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
- 1926.502, Fall protection systems criteria and practices
- 1926.503, Training requirements
- Appendix C, Personal fall arrest systems - Non-mandatory guidelines for complying with 1926.502(d)
- Appendix E, Sample fall protection plan - Non-mandatory guidelines for complying with 1926.502(k)
- 1926 Subpart N, Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors
- 1926 Subpart P, Excavations
- 1926 Subpart Q, Concrete and masonry construction
- 1926.705, Requirements for lift-slab operations
- 1926 Subpart R, Steel erection
- 1926 Subpart S, Underground construction, caissons, cofferdams, and compressed air
- 1926 Subpart T, Demolition [related topic page]
- 1926 Subpart U, Blasting and the use of explosives
- 1926.900, General provisions
- 1926 Subpart X, Ladders
- 1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
- 1926 Subpart CC, Cranes and derricks in construction
- 1926.1401, Definitions
- 1926.1404, Assembly/disassembly -- general requirements
- 1926.1412, Inspections
- 1926.1413, Wire rope -- inspection
- 1926.1417, Operation
- 1926.1423, Fall protection
- 1926.1430, Training
- 1926.1431, Hoisting personnel
- 1926.1432, Multiple-crane/derrick lifts -- supplemental requirements
- 1926.1435, Tower cranes
- 1926.1436, Derricks
- 1926.1437, Floating cranes/derricks and land cranes/ derricks on barges
Preambles to Final Rules
- Cadmium (1992)
- IX. Summary and Explanation of the Final Standard (Construction Industries). Includes a definition of a competent person and rational for the requirement for a competent person.
- Search all available preambles to final rules.
- Inspection Procedures for Enforcing Subpart L, Scaffolds Used in Construction - 29 CFR 1926.450-454. CPL 02-01-023 [CPL 2.1.23], (1997, January 7). Appendix A contains information on the knowledge of and duties performed by a competent person.
- Inspection Procedures for Occupational Exposure to Asbestos Final Rule 29 CFR Parts 1910.1001, 1926.1101, and 1915.1001. CPL 02-02-063 [CPL 2.2.63], (1995, November 3). Contains competent person training requirements including a summary of EPA course requirements.
- Inspection Procedures for Enforcing the Excavation Standard, 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P. CPL 02-00-087 [CPL 2.87], (1990, February 20). Section H.4.b.2 provides direction on determining qualifications of the designated competent person.
- Search all available directives.
- Inspection. (2012, October 1). Clarification of the term controlling entity and responsibility for ground conditions for safe crane operations.
- Excavation. (2010, July 1). "Competent" person under one section of subpart P also qualify as a competent designer of structural ramps under construction.
- Training. (2005, June 17). Requirements for being designated a competent person under 1926 subpart L (scaffolds).
- Training and competency for oxygen-fuel gas welding equipment use. (1998, May 13). The workman in charge of a system may perform as a welder and welding operator to the extent that welding or cutting does not interfere with his or her responsibilities for safe operation.
- OSHA's requirement for certification for building roof anchor points & the "Certificate of Regulation Compliance Building" form. (1996, August 9). Competent person means a person because of training and experience, is capable of identifying hazardous or dangerous conditions in powered platform installations and of training employees to identify such conditions.
- Training requirements of the competent person for class II roofing work. (1996, April 2). Responds to a question of whether the competent person for class II roofing work must always attend a 5-day asbestos supervisory course.
- The assessment of craft technical skills. (1996, January 19). OSHA does not require tests to assess craft technical skills and knowledge. It is the responsibility of the employer to assure that their employees possess the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their tasks safely.
- Inspection of cranes used at a construction site. (1993, February 1). Contains a general clarification of requirements to be designated as a competent person for crane inspections.
- Rules addressing competent persons and qualified persons. (1992, April 15). Provides a definition of competent persons in construction, particularly for excavation.
- Powered platforms for building maintenance to "a permanently installed suspended scaffold". (1992, December 15). States that a competent person means a person who, because of training and experience, is capable of identifying hazardous and dangerous conditions in powered platform installations.
- Rear fly extension ladders manufactured by Keller Industries. (1992, April 16). Shows that a competent person would be knowledgeable about the placement requirements of rear-fly ladders.
- Clarification of (Excavation) Standards. (1991, January 9). Here, the competent person must be thoroughly knowledgeable of requirements or of the limitations of the manufactured system.
- Search all available standard interpretations.