Shipyard Competent Person Training

This course is offered on a scheduled basis at our new facility located at the Center for Emergency Medical and Safety Training in Portsmouth, VA. Please contact Thomas Beacham to schedule your class.

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Length: 3 days

Course Description:

The requirements to perform the duties of a Shipyard Competent Person can be found in 29 CFR 1915.7. Briefly, the SCP must be able to understand the directions and instructions left by the NFPA certified Marine Chemist; have knowledge of the Subparts of 29 CFR 1915; know the structure and location where work is to be performed on vessels and within shipyard location; must understand how to use testing equipment and how to accurately interpret the results of required instrumentation as well as knowing how to post results and maintain records.

In order to be recognized as a qualified SCP to work on a US Navy vessels one must successfully complete an initial 3 day course and receive annual 1 day classes taught be a NFPA certified Marine Chemist. Specific requirements can be found in NAVSEA 009-07 Standard Items.

Course Outline:

The following represent a minimum, but not limited to, list of topics that may be presented during the three day class. Topics are updated to reflect changes in regulations as they may occur.

  1. Hazard Description and Recognition
    1. Relevent terms, fire and explosion theory, relevent chemistry (including concepts of flash points, explosive range, the role of oxygen, classification of fuels and solvent vapor pressure.
    2. Relevent shipboard structures, locations and system
    3. Toxicity and Industrial Hygiene concepts
    4. Toxicity resources, guidance and standards: OSHA maritime standards
    5. MSDS information and skills
  2. Hazard Evaluation and Measurement
    1. Instrumentation, theory, operation, maintenance, calibration, limitation of testing equipment
    2. Preparation for and the execution of shipboard confined space testing
  3. Hazard Prevention, Control and Elimination
    1. Regulations: Scope and application of OSHA 1915 and NFPA 306
    2. The responsibilities and interaqction of the competent person and NFPA certificated Marine Chemist.
    3. NFPA Marine Chemist's standard safety designation
    4. Control of ignition sources
    5. Ventilation theory and application
    6. Key aspects of respiratory protection
    7. The fire watch
    8. Written competent person records
    9. The Marine Chemist certificate
  4. Practical excercises and applications
    1. Practice excerises in testing, recordkeeping and MSDS
    2. Review of key elements
    3. Examination