OSHA Competent Person

OSHA Competent Person

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Nov 30th 2023

In the world of construction, prioritizing safety is not a matter of compliance; it is ingrained in the culture. Ensuring the well-being of your team extends beyond the materials and tools—they are the foundation of your success. The 16-hour Fall Protection Competent Person training by OSHA goes beyond checklists; it equips your team with the skills to navigate heights safely. What exactly does a Competent Person do? Why is their role crucial?

Construction safety gear ready for workers to put on.

The Responsibilities of a Fall Protection Competent Person;

1. Identifying Fall Hazards;

An individual that acts as a safety detective, adept at identifying both existing and foreseeable fall hazards, within the workplace. It involves anticipating risks before they turn into threats [1].

2. Taking Prompt Corrective Actions;

A Competent Person promptly takes measures to eliminate identified fall hazards. This proactive approach ensures that safety is not merely discussed, but actively pursued [1].

3. Supervision and Implementation;

Beyond identification, the competent person assumes frontline responsibilities for supervising, implementing and monitoring the fall protection program in time. They play a major role, in maintaining crew safety [1].

Safety manager training new worker.

4. Training and Education;

Knowledge is vital. The Competent Person holds the key to it. They are responsible for educating employees on fall protection systems identifying hazards and preventing accidents. Empowering the team with the knowledge to stay safe [1][2].

5.. Maintenance;

It's not about having the equipment; it's about ensuring that it remains in good condition. The Competent Person conducts inspections of fall protection equipment ensures maintenance and promptly removes any affected equipment from service [1][4].

6. Rescue Planning;

Beyond prevention measures, they are responsible for designing rescue plans. Making sure there is a written rescue plan for all fall arrest systems. Actively participating in investigating fall incidents. It's about being prepared for situations [2][5].

7. Regulatory Compliance;

Navigating through regulations, the Competent Person ensures adherence to OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. They serve as a guide leading your team through the complexities of safety protocols [3].

Metal roof worker using fall protection equipment.

The Vital Role, in Preventing Accidents;

These responsibilities are more than items on a checklist; they are the foundation of creating a work environment and fostering a culture of workplace safety that every company should strive for! Being a Competent Person is not just having a title; it's a commitment to preventing accidents and injuries related to falls. By identifying, correcting and planning, Competent Persons establish a safety net that goes beyond regulations—it becomes a lifeline.

Promoting an Active Safety Culture;

Competent Persons don't wait for accidents to occur; they take measures to prevent them. It's about cultivating an environment where safety's not just important, but ingrained in every aspect of work life.

Empowering Teams;

Through training and education your team becomes champions of safety. They begin to recognize risks to themselves as well as others and actively work towards minimizing them.

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance;

With Competent Persons leading the way, adhering to safety regulations becomes nature. No more fumbling in the dark when it comes to navigating the complexities of safety guidelines.

In the construction industry, where heights are conquered and challenges met head-on, safety is not merely an accessory—it is fundamental for achieving success. OSHAs 16 hour Fall Protection Competent Person training isn't about meeting standards; it aims to surpass them and ensure that each team member returns home safely. Looking to equip your team with the skills, for success? Enroll your team in Competent Person Training this year. My team uses TomKat Safety for our training to stay current on the ever-evolving OSHA/ANSI regulations.


[1] Fall Protection Workbook (4 hour training)

[2] Understanding Competent vs. Qualified and Training in Fall Protection

[3] Oregon OSHA Factsheet on Fall Protection

[4] What Does OSHA Mean by Competent Person Fall Protection?

[5] OSHA Education Centers Guide, to Competent Person Fall Protection

Howie Scarboro, C.E.O. and co-founder of Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C., recognized the need for continued improvements in roofing safety during the 2010 MetalCon show in Las Vegas. He joined forces with SnoBlox-Snojax, a leader in snow retention and seam clamping technology for metal roofs, to create the SSRA1 prototype. Tested by Gravitec for OSHA/ANSI certifications, the SSRA1 proved to be the industry's lightest, most robust, and most universal-fit anchor point for standing seam roofs. Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C. was born in 2015, shaping the future of fall protection and instilling confidence in the industry.