Designating a competent person is the first line of defense in identifying and

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Designating a competent person is the first line of defense in identifying and mitigating unexpected hazards in the workplace. The Competent person should not only rely on the OSHA standards, but rely on knowledge gained through their skills, expertise, experiences, and training. Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA]. (n.d.) 29 CFR 1926.32: Safety and Health Regulations for Construction. Retrieved from - regs/regulations/standardnumber/1926/1926.32 7) What are the four classifications of employers under OSHA's multi-employer worksite policy? How do they relate to each other? Your response should be at least 75 words in length. The Multi-Employer Citation Policy, CPL 2-0.1241 (the Multi-Employer Policy) identifies the types of employers present on a construction project site, and determines the scope of safety responsibilities for each employer on the worksite. The policy also defines who is responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees on a multi-employer worksite. This policy categorizes the employers into four primary groups: Controlling employer, which is the overall site-responsible party that may have contractual requirements for all other employers to correct any safety hazards. Creating Employer is the employer that has created the hazard that impacts others. Exposing Employer is the employer that has employees who are exposed to the hazard created by the creating employer. Correcting employer is the employer tasked with correcting the hazard that the exposed employer is exposed to (OSHA, 1999). On multi-employer worksites, all of the employers must work together to identify and control hazards to meet OSHA standards for employee health and safety. The general contractor often hires subcontractors to work on construction sites. If one of the sub-contractors is cited for a safety violation by OSHA, both the general contractor and the sub-contractor can be held responsible under the Multi-Employer Citation Policy. OSHA will evaluate the hierarchy of owner and/or employer to determine who is responsible for the violation that has taken place. The general contractor may not have contributed to
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the hazard that has been cited, but may be found responsible for overseeing the overall safety of employees on the worksite. For example, if an OSHA inspector finds employees on a jobsite painting a ceiling under exposed electrical wires, then three of the employers who can be sited are: The General Contractor (Controlling Employer) for allowing the employees to be exposed to a potential electrical hazard. The Electrical Contractor (Creating Employer or Correcting Employer) for not isolating the exposed electrical wires. The Painting Contractor (Exposing Contractor) for allowing the employees to work in a hazardous environment.
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