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Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines it as “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.”

In my real world experience the Regulation 1910 is the Over Qualified Person (not in a demeaning sense) while Regulation 1926 is more real world where on-the-job experience can create the qualified person.

The point is it requires some effort to be qualified at anything. It is earned over time through study and experience. Both regulations state: “ …extensive knowledge (training,) and experience.”

People defined a “professionals” can be assumed to be qualified persons, but perhaps not in everything in their profession. The same for professional tradespeople.

Reading a safety manual can make one knowledgeable, but does not make (by definition) a Qualified Person. The missing qualification is experience.

The OSHA regulations take knowledge and experience one step farther. It requires demonstration of the qualification. Weldors (the person) are welders who demonstrate they can perform a proper electric arc weld. Pilots are qualified when they show flying skills to an examiner. Lawyers are qualified when they pass the bar exam. Doctors serve an internship. Point made.

The ability to buy something, doesn’t automatically make one qualified to use it. Buying a car doesn’t make one a qualified driver. Buying a 3D printer doesn’t make one a qualified operator.

(You knew I would get around to 3D printers…)

In the free world of the Internet, and most of today’s “Media Sources”, un-qualified persons often post “opinions”. Everyone else needs to decide if it has value or is simply expressed ignorance. Sometimes it may be outright purposeful deceit.  

My point is anything presented by non-qualified person should be regarded as an unqualified opinion. Opinions are always a point of view and don’t necessarily qualify as indisputable truth. It could be truth to the presenter, sometimes called “an honest mistake” if there was no deceit or malice intended.

A Qualified Person also has opinions, based on their qualifications and therefore closer to the truth. Not saying they couldn’t be adding spin or telling lies.

Eye witnesses to an accident seldom get all the facts correct when seeing something for which they are not a qualified person. People go to prison because the eyewitness got it all wrong. Seeing is not always believing, or the truth.

Edgar Allan Poe once penned, “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Even this is of course, not absolutely true. But it is humor not fact, and makes the point.

In my honest opinion, ahem… I don’t take opinions at face value. I want to know if they are coming from a “qualified person” with no hidden agenda. I am careful to sort opinion from fact. Many stated “facts” are opinions or may be a “spin” version of the facts.

Where have all the qualified people gone? Graveyards everyone?

Looking Below the Surface

Microsoft has produced something very nice. It’s the Surface series of tablet, laptop, and desk computers.

They are not the lowest cost computers. To be good, low price cannot be the most important feature. Quality is all about getting return for what is paid. I didn’t pay for my Surface. <G> It is on permanent loan to me. Subject to recall but not likely. If I had paid for it, I think it is worth the original cost. That’s good because the cost and features of the Surface series have increased since this machine was built.

The Surface brand represents the machines for which Windows 10 is designed. Could they be anything less? Of course not. They look, feel and operate like a high-quality computer. A good match and competition against the Apple series of personal computers.

I have used my Surface 3 for several months. As a tablet style computer, it has done everything I expected. Notice, I put a limitation on that statement. I don’t believe there is one computer style that suits every need. Many computers, because of their overall size and form are designed for specific application and personal needs.

I haven’t (so far) found much need to use my Surface as a true tablet computer. That is, without the keyboard. I think I would be just as pleased with the standard laptop and keyboard configuration with the touch screen.

For graphic arts work, the Surface series is available as a large touch pen drawing platform with separate keyboard. The price is in the $3000 – $4500 range, depending on memory and processor. I would like to see how that would perform with ZBrush or other high-end 3D graphic application. The cost will keep me away from that test.

One annoying issue is not a part of the hardware. It’s the Windows 10 constant interruption with messages. Most of that can probably be shut off somewhere. The fact that the default is “on” is what is annoying. I don’t want my computer operating system to be my social secretary. Make it “opt-in” rather than “opt-out”. I suppose the social function is more important to the “consumer” than pure computer operation

I am imagining a space shuttle computer adjusting for a critical re-entry and suddenly the computer stops and begins doing an operating system update. There is a new “Twitter” app that needs installed. Whatever… Don’t take a Surface 3 to space. Ha!

I like the Surface 3 for what it is and how it works. The hardware is fine. The WIN10 OS will always be a pain, but at age 71, I learn to live with a little pain. Just the way things are. I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Even with the OS faults, we certainly depend a lot on what the computer does for us.

All major “consumer market” computer operating systems long ago became more than a common, almost invisible, input/output interface between software applications and computer hardware. They have become a dominate application program, in their own right.

What we sense as the computer, is its operating system, as well as the hardware. So, a review of the Surface 3 is as much about the OS, as it is the design of the hardware.

Microsoft has put together a good combination. As a hardware and software package, it is not a combination you would want to dump Windows 10 and install Linux Ubuntu.

The Surface 3 is excellent hardware matched well with the functions of the Windows 10 operating system. Love the OS and you will love the hardware running it.


More to Tell…

“And now, the rest of the story…” ~ Paul Harvey

My “big” PC

My 10+ year old main office PC (computer) with WIN10 has been giving me problems. I had a hard drive failure which was the boot drive. Fixed it and was running great, better than ever, but suddenly, earlier today, the whole dang PC went south. Fans run, and I have 12 and 5 volts, but mother board is dead. No video at all.

Looks like I must get a new one. Feeling much sorrow, grief and despair. Started to study what it would take to replace my old friend, browsing the […] Continue reading » More to Tell…

Yowza, Yowza!


Drive D: which is the boot disk on my big Desktop PC crashed and died on me in the middle of the morning on New Year’s Day. It was an, “OH NOOO… OMG!” moment. Computer basically just stopped working in its tracks.

A reboot didn’t fix anything. Then I checked the boot setup and discovered the drive now fails the S.M.A.R.T test when it first starts up. You may need to google that if you don’t know what it is. Turning the S.M.A.R.T. off in the motherboard boot ROM for D: did no good. I am D.I.W. (Dead In Water) on […] Continue reading » Yowza, Yowza!

DRIVEing Me Crazy

My main computer has a strange malady. It’s running Windows 10 OS. It’s an old machine with an Asus M4A78T-E mother board. I just installed the newest BIOS for it – dated 2012/1/31, from five years ago. It was one of my attempts to fix my system problem. Making sure everything is the latest edition.

I intended to update the C: drive to one terabyte from its present 500GB. My plan was to trade out the 350 GB D: drive with the one TB drive then do a image copy of C: to D: Then make the new D: drive the C: system drive. I […] Continue reading » DRIVEing Me Crazy