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What Is a Competent Person as Defined by OSHA?

Posted By IAMU, Monday, September 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Several OSHA standards—including those relating to construction and manufacturing—refer to the need for a “competent person” as a safety component.

What Is a Competent Person?

While this is a commonly asked question, the answer isn’t always cut and dried. Companies usually have to make their own decision on which employees can serve as a competent person. That’s because there are no specific OSHA standards regarding competent persons. But OSHA’s definition of the term does offer a glimpse of what is expected of a competent person.

A competent person has both the authority and experience in the job to evaluate and make critical changes in dangerous situations. These are often life-or-death occurrences so it’s vital that your company chooses competent persons carefully.

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