Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person

What does it mean to be a “Competent Person” in Trenching and Excavation Safety? The OSHA excavation standard states that a competent person is: “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 has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” OSHA states that you must have specific training in and knowledge to perform soil analyses, determine the protective system to be used in excavations and conduct daily inspections.  

This workshop will present individuals with training in the following areas:

  • Conducting site inspections

  • Establishing proper access & egress

  • Identifying potential environmental hazards

  • Determining soil composition & classification

  • Implementing protective systems (sloping, shoring, shielding)

Who Should Attend

Public Works professionals, both management and operations, involved in trenching and excavation who desire “competent person” proficiency in trenching/excavations as it applies to OSHA regulations.

This class qualifies for these CEUs:

From the Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities

DWT-2018-53 (6 hrs)

From the Board of Certification of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

BC-2019-3454 (6 hrs)

From NEIWPCC New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission for System Inspector (SI) and Soil Evaluator (SE) licenses

T518-0017 (6 hrs)

This event is accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please email Stephanie Cottrell or call 413-800-2655 at least 14 days prior to the event.  Such services are provided free of charge.

Credit Hours

Road Scholar Hours

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)


Road Scholar Credits

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Date Session Name Location  
6/20/2024 7:30:00 AM Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person - Sudbury Sudbury Public Safety View Session