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Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

Compare Competent, Qualified & Designated

OSHA construction standards require a competent person onsite as a legal obligation. But OSHA does not have a specific standard regarding a competent person.

As building owners are responsible to develop written agreements regarding safety plans when working with contract crews, knowing the level of expertise of safety committee team protects your business.

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 who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(f).

A qualified person is “one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project,” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.32(m).

A designated person only means that the employer’s representative was “selected or assigned by the employer as being qualified to perform specific duties” according to 1926 Subpart L. So here the OSHA standards ask employer to take responsibility to designate certain employees to job assignments based on level of competence or qualifications.

OSHA standards explicitly requiring employers to provide workplace health and safety training to all employees. This training may constitute competency but not necessarily qualifications if there is no certifications. Conversely, if a workers is certified with no experience, there’s room to question the workers competency for a specific job assignment.

To be sure your business is protected and learn about the level of competence and qualifications of your contractor’s safety committee team.


CSG’s Sustainable Cleaning Programs

Contract Services Group, Inc. (CSG) published “Sustainable Cleaning Programs” article to promote consumer education about cost saving initiatives from full-service janitorial services providers.

Read Here – Sustainable Cleaning Programs from Full-service Janitorial Providers

Full-service janitorial providers offer complete cleaning programs with one contract and significantly reduced costs over in-house processes or the utilization of multiple vendors.

For your custom maintenance plan, have a list of your specific janitorial services expectations and needs including:

  • The square footage of the building including a separation of  carpet and tile
  • Number of restrooms and the quantity of fixtures
  • Employee population
  • Number of daily visitors
  • Quantity of shifts
  • Specifications or Work Load parameters

Your Custom Maintenance Plan must accurately meet the needs of the facility and your business goals. CSG will develop customized work loading of all cleaning task.

An effective work plan will address details as small as the reporting of a dripping faucet, through unneeded power consumption, to deteriorating materials and recycling to reduce short-term costs and long-term sustainability.

About CSG Janitorial Services:

Contract Services Group has pioneered the art of working closely with our customers to identify areas where costs can be controlled and reduced. Our 97% annual account retention is proof that our programs work.

CSG programs are excellent for commercial properties and large facilities with a minimum of  150,000 square feet of cleanable space.

About CSG: Contract Services Group, Inc. is a CIMS-GB with honors certified contractor with 40 years’ experience providing commercial janitorial, window cleaning, managed temporary labor services and window washing systems. CSG provides facilities services and specialty cleaning services throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. CSG also designs and installs window washing systems nationwide. CSG Publishes Sustainable Cleaning Programs for Janitorial Consumers.