Trenching/Shoring/Excavating - Competent Person

  • Classroom

This class covers the Cal-OSHA title 8, section 1540 through 1541.1 requirements pertaining to excavations, trenching and sloping techniques, protective systems and soils certification with an introduction to confined space safety.

This training will provide the following information for worker safety: review of approved procedures to be followed; training requirements for employees entering excavations; review of the equipment they need to do their jobs safely; and methods and procedures for the required inspections to be done; and record keeping.

OSHA defines competent person as “one 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.”

The definition, therefore, 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 the 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. Class duration is 8-hours depending on hands on availability.

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

  • Cal-OSHA Regulations
  • Demonstrate correct soil testing procedures
  • Identify hazards
  • Understand the different types of protective system
  • Scope, Application, and Definitions
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Aluminum Hydraulic and Timber Shoring
  • Shoring Alternatives
  • Hands-on (If possible)
  • Written Exam
     

Duration:

8 hours

Code/regulation:

CalOSHA Title 8, Section 1540 - 1541.1

Frequency:

As Needed

Who Should Attend:

Employees who require competent person training in shoring and excavation.