Is having the industry mandated certificate/licence enough? Can additional steps be taken to improve safety at worksites?

Published On : 31 Oct 2019

Employers can reduce the risk of injuries and accidents at a worksite by ensuring that everyone can competently and safely undertake their tasks. This is more than simply checking licences and certificates.  Employers must have the procedures and processes in place to effectively assess a worker’s ability to perform a task. One of the ways this can be done is by conducting a Verification of Competency (VOC) assessment.  

Site Skills Training is able to undertake verification of competency assessments on behalf of employers, contractors and principles for all High-Risk License and Non-High-Risk Competencies. We have the capability to ensure that your staff are competent in their roles. Our experienced assessors can assess your staff at your worksite, or within the safe confines of our own facilities.

Verification of Competency for New Workers

A new worker in this context is anyone that is new to your worksite. Every worksite is different. Ensuring your new employees can work at your site, using your equipment without putting others in danger is essential in reducing workplace risk. We recommend that new workers have their skills checked (undergo a verification of competency assessment) during the hiring process. That way, you can be sure that from the day they show up for work, they will be up to your standard.

Verification of Competency for Existing Workers

Experienced workers can also benefit from having their skills assessed. Over time, individuals can relax their standards forming bad habits. Having half yearly (for high risk roles) or annual verification of competency assessments is an effective pro-active approach to reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on your site.

In addition to testing a worker’s skills, employers can also put systems in place to ensure that competencies are maintained. This can be done in the following ways:

  • Ensure workers are undertaking refreshers within their recommended timeframes.
  • Have equipment manufacturers provide training when new equipment is introduced at worksites.
  • Managers and workers should keep an eye out and observe each other to ensure mistakes are discussed and bad habits are rectified as soon as they are noticed.

In FY18 close to 40% of those injured in their workplace were either labourers, technicians or trades workers, or machine operators and drivers. That’s a total of 225,000 employees (1). Site Skills Training can help make your worksite safer. Speak to one of our staff members today to find out how.