Excavation Competent Person Training

April 28, 2021 7:30 am
April 28, 2021 11:30 am
Safex, 140 North Otterbein Avenue Westerville, OH 43081 United States   View map
(614) 890-0800 x203


Increasing excavation related fatalities and serious injuries over the last few years prompted OSHA to create a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Trenching and Excavation (see OSHA CPL-02-00-161). If you’re not aware, a NEP is a temporary program that focuses OSHA’s resources on specific hazards and high-hazard industries and generally means more inspections. (Read more on OSHA’s required trench inspections here.) That’s why it’s critical to have a competent person onsite who can identify existing and predictable trenching and excavation hazards and is authorized to eliminate these hazards. It’s the employer’s responsibility to designate a competent person to perform these duties and inspections prior to the start of work, throughout the day as needed and after rainstorms or other natural events.

Our 4-hour excavation competent person training will get your competent person up to speed on what they need to do to fulfill this OSHA requirement. We’ll teach participants how to perform mechanical tests on soil samples, complete a documented soil analysis and classify soils as Type-A, Type-B or Type-C soil. Additionally, we’ll review inspection requirements for trenches and excavations. Attendees will role play what to do during an OSHA inspection based on OSHA’s current national emphasis program CPL-02-00-161.

At the completion of training employees will be provided with a certificate of completion for Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training and will have a generic letter that can be completed by the employer officially designating them as having the authority as a competent person for trenching and excavation.

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