24-Hour Competent Person EM385-1-1


Our Competent Person Course offered by TomKat Safety is designed to educate students in the best practice methods of identifying and then eliminating or providing protection from existing and predictable fall hazards. Students will also be educated on the hierarchy of fall protection which starts with eliminating fall hazards and progresses through administrative controls, the application of passive systems, restraint systems last but not least arrest systems. Through the use of lecture, demonstration and hands-on engagement, the instructor prepares students to assume the role of a Competent Person.

This course is intended, but not limited to, those who are assigned by their employer to take the responsibilities for:

  • Performing workplace assessments of fall hazards
  • Communicating fall hazards to the Authorized person
  • Preparing written fall protection and rescue work plans
  • Approving the use of non-certified anchors
  • Establishing clearance requirement

Note: This course goes into much more detail than our 16 Hour Competent Person Course in order to meet the requirements of the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) which requires 24 hours of training for Competent Persons. OSHA does not specify the number of hours required. This level of training is required for any worker going to be working in heights at a corporate facility.

OSHA’s definition of a competent person is one who is “capable” … This course prepares you to be capable.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection
  • 7 Principals of Fall Protection
  • Recognizing and Identifying Fall Hazards
  • Certified and Non-Certified Anchorages
  • Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Inspecting Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Required Clearances
  • Determining Acceptable Anchorages
  • Selecting Fall Protection System Components
  • Fall Protection and Fall Arrest Theory
  • Passive and Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Standards and Regulations Affecting the Fall Protection Industry
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Engineered Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Climbing Devices
  • Rescue from Fall Arrest
  • Troubleshooting Fall Restraint Systems and Fall Arrest Systems
  • Fall Protection Plans and Fall Protection Procedures
  • Detailed Inspection, Care and Maintenance
  • Specialty Fall Arrest Systems
  • Fall Arrest and Restraint Component
  • Fall Protection Regulations (OSHA) and Fall Protection Standards (ANSI)
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