WHS harmonisation creates national approach to earthmoving competency
With the scrapping of earthmoving licences in QLD and NSW in 2012, mining and construction employees nationwide are now required to demonstrate competency in operating machinery by completing industry recognised training.
The responsibility of carrying out such training and ensuring employees reach desired level of competency now lies with the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) in the national WHS Act, or the employer in OHS Acts.
Evidence of appropriate training for the type of earthmoving plant to be operated could include:
- A statement of attainment from a national recognised qualification
- Training undertaken at an industry training school
- On-the-job training conducted by an experienced competent person. This training may be recorded in a logbook.
The strongest form of evidence is a statement of attainment for a unit of competency in a nationally recognised qualification through a registered training organisation (RTO).
As of February 2012, the RIIO9 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package is the most commonly used government approved and endorsed set of training for handling earthmoving and heavy machinery.
It supercedes previous training packages such as the Civil Construction and Metalliferous Mining packages, and a unit of competency in the RIIO9 package will provide a national recognised qualification.
Easy Guides Australia has published a comprehensive range of training resources for RTOs delivering the national RIIO9 units of competency.
The materials can also be used in-house by businesses to meet their duty of care obligations to provide training required under the WHS/OHS Act.
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