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Free Belt Sander VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Belt Sander VOC

Purpose of Document

Belt Sander VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in belt sander use. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness through effective training and competency procedures. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This Belt Sander VOC should be completed by a competent person in consultation with the trainee who will use the plant. This document is a template only and should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Belt Sander VOCs should be completed prior to the worker operating plant or equipment within your business.

Who Should Use

Belt Sander VOCs must be completed by someone who is familiar with operation of the piece of plant or equipment. This person should also be competent in training and assessment methods.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to complete a documented Verification of Competency (VOC). However, it is best practice. Completing a thorough Verification of Competency can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use of Plant
  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” states that employers (PCBUs) must ensure workers are trained and have the appropriate skills to carry out a particular task safely.


What is a belt sander?

A belt sander is a power tool used for sanding and smoothing wood, metal, or other materials. It consists of a continuous loop of sandpaper or abrasive belt that rotates around two drums or pulleys, creating a fast and efficient sanding motion. Belt sanders are commonly used in woodworking and metalworking for tasks such as shaping, finishing, and removing material quickly and effectively. They come in various sizes and configurations, including handheld and stationary models, to suit different applications and workspaces.

What is a belt sander used for?

A belt sander is a power tool primarily used for smoothing and shaping wood, metal, or other materials. It features a continuous loop of sandpaper wrapped around two drums or rollers that rotate to move the sandpaper in a continuous motion. Belt sanders are commonly used in woodworking and metalworking for tasks such as sanding large surfaces, removing excess material, and shaping curves or edges. They are versatile tools that provide efficient material removal and surface finishing capabilities.

What hazards are involved in belt sander use?

Many hazards exist in belt sander operation, for example:

  • Abrasive Belt Breakage
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Kickback
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Noise Exposure
  • Dust Exposure

To mitigate these hazards, proper training, adherence to safety protocols, regular equipment maintenance, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough site inspections are essential.

Do you need training to operate a belt sander?

In general, the level of training provided to workers must take into consideration “the nature of the work, the nature of the risks and the control measures required” – WHS regulations s(39). That is, for plant that poses no or minimal risks, there may be very little training required. As the risks of the plant increases, the requirement for training also increases.

To demonstrate competence in belt sander operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Did you know that belt sanders are the rockstars of the workshop, the guitar heroes of the DIY world? These power tools aren’t just for sanding; they’re like the lead singers of the woodworking band, shredding through rough surfaces with flair. With their whirring belts and sanding prowess, they’re the Mick Jaggers of shaping and smoothing wood, turning rough lumber into polished perfection faster than you can say “rock on!” But here’s the encore: they’re as versatile as a jukebox playlist, tackling everything from rough sanding to fine finishing with style. So, grab your safety goggles and cue the music because with a belt sander in hand, you’ll be rocking out your woodworking projects like a true DIY rockstar!

Article Sources and Further Reading

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of plant in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) <>

Plant (Safe Work Australia) <>

What is a PCBU? (Spire Safety) <>

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