The 2014 Edition of EM 385-1-1 Safety & Health Requirements Manual, Section 21.C.04.a, FALL PROTECTION COMPETENT PERSON TRAINING requirements state:
“Eighteen (18) months from the effective date of this manual, acceptable Competent Person for Fall Protection training shall be a MINIMUM of 24 hours, with a combination of formal classroom training and practical applications.”
A competent person is defined by OSHA as a designated person with sufficient experience and/or knowledge to recognize fall hazards, correct unsafe conditions, and who has the ability to shut down the worksite until any hazards are corrected.
The competent person should be the most knowledgeable person, in this case about fall protection, on site.
The 2014 Edition of EM 385-1-1 Safety & Health Manual, Section 01.A.19 a. - f. for USACE Collateral Duty Safety Officers (CDSOs). USACE organizations shall designate CDSOs as recommended by the SOH Office. CDSOs shall: 01.A.19.c. Maintain their competency through taking a minimum of 24-hours of documented formal or online safety and health related coursework, training and webinars over a period of 4-years. The training must be applicable to the work being performed. Teaching is not considered the equivalent of attending training. The 24-hour refresher will also fulfill the needs of the SSHO for their required 8 hours of Annual Refresher training, if they have not taken a refresher in the past.
The 2014 Edition of EM 385-1-1 Safety & Health Manual, Section 01.A.17.d. states: “SSHO's shall maintain competency through having taken 8 hours of documented formal, on-line, or self-study safety and health related coursework every year.”
EM 385-1-1 Section 01.A.17.a-i, Contractor Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO). The Contractor shall employ a minimum of one CP at each project site to function as the SSHO (primary), depending on job complexity, size and any other pertinent factors. Certified Site Safety & Health Officers 40 Hour Construction Hazard Awareness Course.
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