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Free Demo Saw VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Demo Saw VOC

Purpose of Document

Demo Saw VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in Demo saw 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 Demo Saw 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

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

Who Should Use

Demo Saw 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 demo saw?

A demo saw, short for demolition saw, is a powerful handheld or walk-behind saw used for cutting through various construction materials such as concrete, asphalt, brick, tile, and metal. It typically features a high-powered engine and a specialized blade designed for cutting through tough materials quickly and efficiently. Demo saws are commonly used in construction, renovation, and demolition projects for tasks such as cutting through walls, floors, and other structures to facilitate remodeling or removal.

What is a demo saw used for?

A demo saw, short for demolition saw, is primarily used for cutting through hard materials such as concrete, masonry, asphalt, and metal. It features a powerful motor and a large abrasive or diamond-tipped blade designed for heavy-duty cutting applications. Demo saws are commonly used in construction, renovation, and demolition projects for tasks such as cutting concrete slabs, removing walls, and cutting through metal pipes or rebar. They are essential tools for efficiently and safely breaking down structures and materials during demolition or renovation work.

What hazards are involved in demo saw use?

Many hazards exist in Demo saw operation, for example:

  • Contact with Blade
  • Thrown Objects
  • Kickback
  • Electrocution
  • Noise Exposure
  • Vibration
  • 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 demo saw?

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 Demo saw operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Demo saws, also known as demolition saws, have an intriguing historical connection to the rise of urban demolition and the reconstruction efforts following World War II. After the war, many cities across the globe needed to clear vast areas of rubble and damaged structures to make way for new development. In the 1940s, as reconstruction efforts began, a German company named Stihl revolutionized the demolition industry with the invention of the first practical handheld concrete-cutting saw. This innovative tool, known as the “Contra,” allowed workers to efficiently cut through concrete, masonry, and other tough materials, making demolition tasks quicker and safer.

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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