The term “Competent Person” is also frequently misunderstood. For instance, attending a Competent Person class or carrying a card identifying you as a Competent Person neither determines your competency nor gives you the authority to take corrective actions. Only the designation of the employer can give you that authority.
The term “designated” means selected or assigned by the employer or the employer’s representative (usually management) as being qualified to perform those duties. During an OSHA inspection the inspector will ask for the Competent Person (or maybe the person in charge) to interview and assess whether or not the jobsite’s work is being conducted under a truly proficient Competent Person.
- OSHA’s Construction Standards very frequently mention the Competent Person and their duties regarding that standard. Being a Competent Person is about knowledge and action—promptly correcting hazards!
- The construction standards address short-term or temporary work where the working environment changes rapidly.