Competent Person Training –Trenching & Excavation

Have a professional trainer conduct a Competent Person for Excavation Training Course for your group. The class is based on the requirements of Subpart P of the Federal OSHA CFR 1926 construction standards for excavations. However, we also address any nuances that may appear in state OSHA regulations, where applicable.

The OSHA Construction Standard defines a competent person as someone who is:

  • capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or
  • working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and
  • who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Topics covered include:

  • Definitions of Key Terms Used in the OSHA Excavation Standards
  • OSHA Requirements for a Competent Person
  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work
  • Requirements for Locating and Working Near Underground Utilities (Federal and State)
  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation
  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations
  • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic
  • Identifying and Addressing Potential Atmospheric Hazards Associated with Excavation Work
  • Soil Testing and Classification
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
    • Sloping and Benching
    • Shoring
    • Trench Boxes
  • Competent Person Inspection Requirements
  • OSHA Directives and Interpretations Related to Trenching and Excavation
  • OSHA Inspections at Excavation Sites

. . . And more

The competent person training class can be conducted at your location or one of our training centers during the week or on the weekend. Attendees will receive a certificate on successful completion of the training.

Course Length: 6-7 hours           Price: $149

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Call (954) 603-1900 for more information.
Onsite pricing also available!