Kyle W. Morrison

Former senior associate editor


Good question

A recent House draft appropriations bill that would fund OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration proposes several provisions limiting the agencies’ actions, prompting one congresswoman to ask why.
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What is a competent person?
What does OSHA mean by 'competent person'?

What is a 'competent person'?

OSHA’s requirements for the term extend beyond simply designating someone with the title
Many activities on construction sites are required to have a “competent person” who is knowledgeable about certain hazards and how to mitigate them. However, OSHA’s lack of a specific standard on competent persons has led to some confusion regarding what one former OSHA compliance officer calls “a fairly misunderstood term.”
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