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May 21, 2010

Are You Competent in OSHA's Eyes?


You're probably familiar with OSHA's requirement that safety oversight be handled by a "competent person." But what exactly does that mean? What makes an individual "competent" in OSHA's eyes?

The law defines a competent person as someone "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." That seems clear enough, yet many companies miss a key element of this definition - and leave themselves at risk with OSHA.

Fortunately, the safety experts at Safety Management Group have information that can help you avoid this and other common misconceptions about safety supervision. Read more here.

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