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This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to competent persons.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
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Subpart F – Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms 1910.66, Powered platforms for building maintenance
Subpart H – Hazardous Materials 1910.109, Explosives and blasting agents
Subpart N – Materials Handling and Storage 1910.183, Helicopters
1910.184, Slings
Subpart R – Special Industries 1910.268, Telecommunications
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
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1915 Subpart A – General Provisions 1915.3, Responsibility  
1915.4, Definitions  
1915.7, Competent person
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
1915 Subpart C – Surface Preparation and Preservation 1915.35, Painting
1915.36, Flammable liquids  
1915 Subpart D – Welding, Cutting and Heating 1915.53, Welding, cutting and heating in way of preservative coatings  
1915.54, Welding, cutting and heating of hollow metal containers and structures not covered by 1915.12  
1915.57, Uses of fissionable material in ship repairing and shipbuilding  
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 1915.135, Powder actuated fastening tools  
1915.136, Internal combustion engines, other than ship's 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 – Confined and Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment 1915.1001, Asbestos
1918 Subpart B – Gear Certification 1918.11, Gear certification (see also 1918.2, definition of "vessel's cargo handling gear" and 1918.51)
1918 Subpart J – Personal Protective Equipment 1918.105, Other protective measures
Gear Certification (29 CFR 1919)
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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 componentsr  
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 (29 CFR 1926)
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Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions 1926.20, General safety and health provisions
1926.32, Definitions
Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls 1926.53, Ionizing radiation
1926.62, Lead
Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment 1926.101, Hearing protection
Subpart H – Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal 1926.251, Rigging equipment for material handling
Subpart J – Welding and Cutting 1926.354, Welding, cutting, and heating in way of preservative coatings
Subpart K – Electrical 1926.404, Wiring design and protection
Subpart L – Scaffolds 1926.450, Scope, application and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.451, General requirements
1926.454, Training requirements
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
Subpart N – Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors 1926.550, [Reserved], Federal Register, 75 FR 48134
1926.552, Material hoists, personnel hoists, and elevators
Subpart P – Excavations  
1926.650, Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.651, Specific excavation requirements
1926.652, Requirements for protective systems
Subpart Q – Concrete and Masonry Construction 1926.705, Requirements for lift-slab operations
Subpart R – Steel Erection 1926.751, Definitions
1926.752, Site layout, site-specific erection plan and construction sequence
1926.753, Hoisting and rigging
1926.754, Structural steel assembly
Subpart S – Underground Construction, Caissons, Cofferdams, and Compressed Air 1926.800, Underground construction
1926.803, Compressed air
Subpart T – Demolition  
1926.850, Preparatory operations
1926.852, Chutes
1926.859, Mechanical demolition  
Subpart U – Blasting and the Use of Explosives 1926.900, General provisions
Subpart X – Ladders 1926.1053, Ladders
1926.1060, Training requirements
1926 Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1926.1101, Asbestos
1926.1127, Cadmium
Subpart CC – Cranes & 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
Additional Letters of interpretation

Note: The “Letters of interpretation” bullets above link to letters related to each OSHA standard. The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

  • Inspection. (October 1, 2012). Clarification of the term controlling entity and responsibility for ground conditions for safe crane operations.
  • Training and competency for oxygen-fuel gas welding equipment use. (May 13, 1998). 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.
State Standards

There are 28 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.

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