Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Program Summary

Applies to:

This program applies to all departments who use, erect, move, alter, or dismantle supported scaffolding for work-related purposes regardless of location.


Departments must ensure that a competent person is designated to provide oversight for all activities involving scaffolding and that personnel using the scaffolding have been properly trained and are following established safety requirements.

  • Competent Person - A competent person is a person who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings ro working conditions, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them. Departments must designate a scaffold competent person(s) to provide oversight for the scaffolding, and designated responsible persons must attend Scaffold Competent Person level training through EHS. This competent person directly supervises employees erecting, moving, dismantling, or alteraing a scaffold, and conducts inspections.
  • Qualified Person - A qualified person is a person who has a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who has extensive knowledge, training, and experience, and has successfully deomnstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems. With regards to scaffolding, a qualified person may design scaffolding and determine appropriate anchor points for fall protection systems to be used.
  • Scaffold User - Personnel accessing the scaffolding to perform tasks, but not involved in erecting, moving, altering, or dismantling oversight, must attend Scaffold Awareness training. Personnel are responsible for following guidlines regarding the safe use of the scaffolding.