If You're Going to Appoint a Competent Person This Week. - 01/15/2018

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.

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If You're Going to Appoint a Competent Person This Week...

This past week I was contacted by one of our clients asking about who they should appoint as a Competent Person on their projects.

Although it was clear he had put some serious thought into this issue and was probably just looking for confirmation of his choice for the position, I began to think about all of those times when I’ve seen employers give that position to someone with little or no real thought.

When I think about a Competent Person and the importance of their role in workplace safety, I believe this is a position that deserves some serious thought.

Let’s take a look at a couple of OSHA’s definitions of a Competent Person . . .

"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"

“by way of training and/or experience, a competent person is knowledgeable of applicable standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them”

And if you go searching within OSHA’s standards you will also find that some specific standards include additional specific requirements which must be met by the competent person.

I’d like to ask you a question.Before you answer please go back read OSHA’s definitions again.

Now that you’ve done that, here’s the question of the day.

Does the Competent Person positon sound like one that you can assign to someone without some serious thought?

I’m going to guess that if you have read OSHA’s definitions and you really understand the value of workplace safety your answer is a definite – NO!

If you’re going to appoint a Competent Person this week – take the time necessary to ensure your choice is one that will truly protect your employees from hazards in the workplace.

It will go a long way in protecting your company’s most valuable assets – Your Employees, Company Reputation and Profits.

Next week I’ll share a few ideas on how to choose the right Competent Person and a few ideas that you shouldn’t do.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
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If you have just received your first Safety E-QuickTip or just want to take a look at past issues, check out our Safety E-QuickTips Archive Page on our website.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

Contact Information

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U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Phone: 1-888-475-5353
Fax: 1-888-925-5353
Website: www.uscompliancesystems.com
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Receive Safety E-Quick Tips First Thing Monday Morning 4:30 EST

Quick Links...
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Customized Online Safety Programs
Online 1 Hour Safety Training
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