Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have
OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these states adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some states have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
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)
Shipyard Employment (
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
1915.53, 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 Subpart G,
Gear and equipment for rigging and materials handling
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, Toxic and hazardous substances
Appendix F, Work practices and engineering controls for class I asbestos operations - Non-mandatory
Gear Certification (
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 (
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 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 Subpart L, Scaffolds
1926.450, Scope, application and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.451, General requirements
1926.454, Training requirements
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
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
1926.650, Scope, application, and definitions applicable to this subpart
1926.651, Specific excavation requirements
1926.652, Requirements for protective systems
Appendix A, Soil classification
Appendix B, Sloping and benching
1926 Subpart Q, Concrete and masonry construction
1926.705, Requirements for lift-slab operations
1926 Subpart R, Steel erection
1926.752, Site layout, site-specific erection plan and construction sequence
1926.753, Hoisting and rigging
1926.754, Structural steel assembly
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 Subpart X, Ladders
1926 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances
1926 Subpart CC, Cranes and derricks in construction
1926.1404, Assembly/disassembly -- general requirements
1926.1413, Wire rope -- inspection
1926.1423, Fall protection
1926.1431, Hoisting personnel
1926.1432, Multiple-crane/derrick lifts -- supplemental requirements
1926.1435, Tower cranes
1926.1437, Floating cranes/derricks and land cranes/ derricks on barges 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. Standard Interpretations
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
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