OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.

January 19, 1996

Mr. Daniel J. Bennet, President
National Center for Construction
Education and Research
1300 North Seventeenth Street
Rosslyn, Virginia 22209

Dear Mr. Bennet:

This is in response to your October 6 letter requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) policy concerning the assessment of craft technical skills.

Although several construction standards require employee competency (competent persons or qualified persons), 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. When OSHA evaluates the effectiveness of training on a job site, the evaluation will be based on employee interviews and observation of the employees work procedures.

If you have any further questions please contact the Directorate of Construction at (202) 219-7207.

Sincerely,



Russell B. Swanson, Director
Directorate of Construction