Competence: it is defined, outside of the construction business, as being able to perform any given skill adequately. Outside of construction, a competent person, by proxy, needs to be trained just enough to be able to get the job done. However, inside the construction business, “competent person” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s a title shrouded in legal jargon under OSHA regulations—a title that requires more than mere competence to obtain, and a title that can be confusing to understand, even for seasoned construction firms.
Below, MC Tool and Safety, a Blaine, Minnesota industrial equipment supplier, cuts through the red tape. We define what a competent person is in simple terms, describe why your construction firm might need one, as well as explain what goes into proper competent person training.
More than Competence: What is a Competent Person?
Under OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Association) rules, construction workers have the legal right to demand safe working conditions. They also have the right to request an OSHA inspection of the workplace if they feel it is unsafe. If a firm isn’t taking the proper measures to protect its workers it could be on the hook for some serious legal trouble.
A competent person helps mitigate the risk of said legal trouble occuring. That person has the knowledge, skillset, and job experience to quickly notice and eliminate situations which could cause unsafe working conditions. They have also frequently undergone competent person safety training, as well as spent a fair bit of time on the job and have cultivated the foresight that comes with it.
Aside from being extremely useful in protecting a company financially, it’s a legal requirement for many trades to have a competent person on site. It behooves all construction companies to invest in them!
What Does Competent Person Training Include?
● Training in Communication. All construction workers have the legal right to request safety information in terminology they understand. A competent person will learn to teach safety procedures to their peers.
● Learning to assess diverse risks. Safety risks can fall into many categories, from sanitary to mechanical concerns. Good competent person training will cover how to assess risks from multiple sides of the equation.
● Learning to spot risks before they turn into disasters. Competent person training should give your employee the knowledge and confidence they need to both predict risks and step in to direct their peers back to safety.
Contact MC Tool and Safety for Competent Person Training Today
Located in Blaine, MN, we’re a provider of industrial safety equipment for countless construction trades; we know safety, and we offer competent person training so we can share our knowledge. Give us a call today at 1-800-206-2569 or toll free at 763-786-5350 to begin.