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Free Concrete vibrator VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Concrete Vibrator VOC

Purpose of Document

Concrete Vibrator VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in Concrete vibrator 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 Concrete Vibrator 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

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

Who Should Use

Concrete Vibrator 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.

FAQ

What is a concrete vibrator?

A concrete vibrator is a specialized tool used in construction to consolidate freshly poured concrete. It typically consists of a vibrating head or poker that is immersed into the concrete mix. The vibration helps to remove air bubbles, excess water, and voids from the concrete mixture, ensuring a denser and more uniform consistency. Concrete vibrators are commonly used in concrete pouring for foundations, walls, columns, and other structures to improve the strength and durability of the finished concrete.

What is a concrete vibrator used for?

A concrete vibrator is primarily used in construction to consolidate freshly poured concrete, removing trapped air bubbles and ensuring that the concrete settles uniformly without voids. By vibrating the concrete, it improves its strength, density, and durability while reducing the risk of surface imperfections. Concrete vibrators are commonly used in various concrete applications, including foundations, walls, columns, and slabs, to achieve high-quality and durable concrete structures.

What hazards are involved in concrete vibrator use?

Many hazards exist in Concrete vibrator operation, for example:

  • Electrocution
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Noise Exposure
  • Pinching Injuries
  • Falls
  • Strain Injuries
  • Chemical 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 concrete vibrator?

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 Concrete vibrator operation, workers can complete the RTO unit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RIICRC319E.

Did You Know?

Concrete vibrators have an intriguing historical connection to the ancient Roman Empire and its marvels of construction! Back in the days of ancient Rome, when constructing structures like the Colosseum or aqueducts, the Roman builders faced the challenge of ensuring the integrity and strength of their concrete structures. To overcome this, they employed a technique that may seem surprisingly familiar—the use of long poles or rods to vibrate the freshly poured concrete. By vigorously shaking and vibrating these poles, the Romans were able to eliminate air bubbles and settle the concrete, making it stronger and more durable.

Article Sources and Further Reading

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of plant in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/model-code-practice-managing-risks-plant-workplace>

Plant (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/managing-health-and-safety/plant>

What is a PCBU? (Spire Safety) <https://spiresafety.com.au/resources/what-is-a-pcbu/>

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