According to the Health & Safety Advisor, the Principal Act and some of the regulations refer to 'Approved Inspection Authorities', while other regulations speak of 'competent persons'.
The definition of who constitutes an 'Approved Inspection Authority' or a 'competent person' differs depending on the regulations under consideration.
Let's take a look so you can understand the requirements in the different sets of regulations.
So how does a competent person and approved inspection authorities differ?
#1: The Principal Act defines an Approved Inspection Authority as follows: Inspection authority approved by the chief inspector. However, such an authority must be approved for that particular service.
#2: Major hazard installation regulation 5 says a competent person is an Approved Inspection Authority competent to express an opinion on the risks associated with the major hazard installation.
#3: Explosives regulations say a competent person is a person with sufficient training and experience in, and knowledge of, the health and safety aspects of explosives.
These must be deemed appropriate by the National Explosive council or any other organisation approved by the chief inspector of occupational health and safety.
#4: Construction regulations define a competent person as any person with the knowledge, training, experience and qualifications specific to the work or task being performed:
Appropriate qualifications and training must be registered in terms of the provisions of the South African Qualifications Authority Act for them to be deemed to be the required qualifications and training.
#5: Asbestos regulations require an Approved Inspection Authority for the monitoring of asbestos concentrations in the air.
#6: Lead regulations require an Approved Inspection Authority for the:
#7: Noise-induced hearing loss regulations require an Approved Inspection Authority for the monitoring of noise in the workplace.
#8: General machinery regulations say a competent person in relation to machinery is any person who:
Now that you know the difference between a competent person and Approved Inspection Authorities, make sure you use the right one.
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