VOC – Verification of Competency (LF)

Verification of Competency

Under the 2011 National Workplace Health and Safety Legislation due to be introduced on 1st January 2012 a new range of conditions are required. Employers must take reasonable and practical steps to ensure the competency of their staff for the work they perform and the operation of workplace plant and equipment. In summary this is verification of competencies (VOC).

To achieve this the employer must be able to demonstrate that steps have been taken by a qualified person who has training qualifications and relative industry skills to conduct a formal assessment. This may be a written test, a verbal knowledge test or practical driving test. Ideally the tests are aligned to the National Load shifting standards and are similar to the range of knowledge and operational skills required by a person to obtain a National Forklift Licence.

As some licence classes for plant and equipment are removed, the VOC process will cover the OHS compliance requirement. Ideally records of training and assessment should be kept on file so that an inspector could view them if required. Even equipment not requiring a licence should be assessed for operator competency. If you require any further formation or looking for a quote please contact out Administration team on 07 3375 6699.

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