Fall Protection Competent Person Safety Training

  • Classroom

OSHA defines competent person as "one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surrounding or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them."

The definition, therfore, has two distinct parts:  the first - "capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees" - comprises a fairly loose standard that many persons might consider themselves qualified to meet.  Common sense would dictate that the competent person must have hte knowledge, intelligence, and wherewithal to recognize and identify situations and conditions that put workers at risk.  Such competence should also include the ability to predict a hazardous situation.  Common sense considerations, then, are necessary but not sufficient to meet OSHA criteria.

The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

This 8-hour course is designed to instruct employees in the regulatory guidelines according to Cal/OSHA CCR Title 8 section 1670, as well as train them in the basic principles of fall protection in the workplace.  They will also learn identification, inspection, use and care of generic fall protection equipment.  Equipment provided by the member agency.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact the California JPIA training division by email, training@cjpia.org, within two business days of the training date, noting that the Authority is closed on Fridays. 

Topics Covered

  • Fall restraint vs fall arrest
  • Conventional fall protection
  • Equipment inspection
  • Donning and doffing equipment
  • Fall protection for lift equipment
  • Body holding devices - harness, waist belt and horizontal lifelines


8 hours




As Needed

Who Should Attend:

Employees Working At Heights who need competent person training