Competent Person Training - Excavation

Competent Person Training - Excavations

Have our professional OSHA-authorized Outreach trainer come to your site and conduct the Competent Person for Excavation Training course for your group. The class is based on the requirements of Subpart P of the Federal OSHA CFR 1926 construction standards for trenching and excavations. However, we also address any nuances that may appear in state OSHA regulations regarding their excavation standards, where applicable. 

Competent Person Training

The following topics are covered in this Trenching and  Excavation Competent Person training course:

  • Definitions of Key Terms Used in the OSHA Excavation Standards (1926 Subpart P)
  • OSHA Requirements (federal and state) for being a Competent Person on an excavation site
  • General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work
  • Requirements for Locating and Working Near Underground Utilities (including State utility codes)
  • Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation
  • Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations
  • Exposure to Vehicular Traffic
  • Identifying and Addressing Potential Atmospheric Hazards Associated with Excavation Work
  • Soil Testing and Classification System (per appendix A of the OSHA excavation standard)
  • Requirements for Protective Systems
    • Sloping and Benching
    • Shoring
    • Trench Boxes
    • Other protective systems
  • Competent Person Inspection Requirements (pre and post-excavation, daily . . .)
  • OSHA Directives and Interpretations Related to Trenching and Excavation
  • OSHA Enforcement Inspections at Trenching and Excavation Sites

 . . . and more

We also provide one free pocket penetrometer for your group at the excavation competent person class; a $100 value for no additional cost. This tool is valuable when you want to quantify the estimated unconfined compressive strength of soil samples in tons per square feet (tsf). The use of this tool in classifying soil samples is explained in the section on soil sampling and classification.

There are no prerequisites required for a student to take the excavation competent person training course. The competent person for excavations training class takes approximately 7 hours to complete, and can be conducted for your group anywhere in the United States during the week or on the weekend.

This excavation competent person class consists of PowerPoint instruction, video, workshops and a test to keep the trainees engaged. Attendees will also receive a manual, note packet, and a personalized certificate of completion for successfully completing the excavation competent person training course. And all trenching and excavation competent person training is documented / certified per OSHA requirements. 


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The free toolbox talks provided on this web page are available for you to download and print at no cost for use within your company or organization.  They are not to be used for commercial gain, nor can they be republished on any other for-profit website or in any document without our explicit permission.

A new toolbox talk will be published on this page each month. Each one is usually generic enough to be applied to many different work sites. While the information contained in each toolbox talk is believed to be accurate, remember that these toolbox talks are not intended to take the place of formal OSHA training, they are only intended to supplement mandatory training and help maintain awareness.

You are responsible for checking the OSHA training requirements applicable to your organization to determine the actual training that must be provided to your workers. OSHA Training Services Inc. cannot be held liable for the content in, or misuse of, these generic toolbox talks.


Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #1 - Clarifying Two Key Definitions in The OSHA Excavation Standards

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #2 -  The Role of the Competent Person on an Excavation Site

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #3 - Avoiding Ground Level Hazards Lurking at Excavation Sites

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #4 - Working Safely Around Underground Utilities at Excavation Sites

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #5  - Using a Portable Ladder to Get In and Out of Excavations Safely

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #6 -  Avoiding Falling Objects When Working Inside Excavations

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #7  Be Aware of Potentially Hazardous Atmospheres Inside Excavations

Excavation Safety Toolbox Talk #8 - Dealing with Hazards of Water Inside Excavations

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What Customers Are Saying About Our Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Course 

- “I’ve done a 3-day course for Excavation & Trenching at one of the OSHA Ed Center, and I learned more in today's class than I did in those 3 days combined.”

- “That guy [referring to our instructor] knows his sh@#.”

- “That was, by far, the best safety training I’ve ever attended.”

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