Verification of Competency (VOC) is a key area that employers need to be aware of.
There are five main reasons why this is the case:
- Increased safety
- Increased productivity
- Less maintenance costs
- Less equipment damage
Under the 2012 National Workplace Health and Safety Legislation 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 a VOC.
Why Ag Training’s VOC Program?
- Ag Training’s VOC Program can be conducted onsite without interrupting productivity. VOC assessments done while staff are working, eliminate the need for employing temporary replacements and are used to ensure your staff can operate equipment in complete safety.
- Ag Training’s VOC Program is about being pro-active rather than re-active to identify competency levels and gaps in competency to be rectified through relevant training ensuring your workplace is safe and on the cutting edge of quality. In addition to VOC, Ag Training can provide you with refresher training to assist you with your duty of care obligations.
- VOC is not just for persons working in the Mining, Resources or Construction sectors. You, as a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) can draw upon our team of experienced assessors to have VOC conducted for all persons coming into your workplace.
Why do you need VOC?
- It is a legal responsibility to ensure sufficient information, instruction and training of employees – are you able to provide current evidence of this?
- If someone starts work with you or goes away to do a course, how do you ensure their training is relevant?
- To ensure a controlled work environment, a VOC is required, the VOC is used to ensure only competent persons are employed and do not place themselves or others at risk. Our VOC is your asset.
What does the new legislation mean?
The main difference pertaining to the new legislation is the duty of care of the employer is greatly increased. If an accident was to occur on site, the employer would need to show they met their duty of care obligations by doing everything possible to make sure the operator was properly trained, and had the right skills and knowledge to be performing that task at the time the incident occurred.
The Ag Training Program:
Part A – Challenge testing of underpinning knowledge
Part B – Observation of Practical performance of work
Part C – Validation of experience through documentary evidence
Part D – VOC Documented, a report of results provided to candidate and employer
Part E – Refresher Training where competency is not achieved
VOC is your ticket to a safer and efficient workforce. Ag Training VOC program provides lasting proof of your training.
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