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Free Dozer VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Dozer VOC

Purpose of Document

Dozer VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in Dozer 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 Dozer 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

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

Who Should Use

Dozer 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, especially for larger companies. It 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 dozer?

A dozer, short for bulldozer, is a heavy construction machine equipped with a large metal blade at the front, used for pushing and moving soil, sand, rubble, or other materials. It’s commonly employed in earthmoving, grading, and site preparation tasks on construction sites.

What is a dozer used for?

A dozer, or bulldozer, is heavy equipment primarily used for earthmoving, grading, and pushing materials. It features a large blade at the front for tasks like leveling terrain, clearing land, and excavating.

Many hazards exist in dozer operation, for example:

  • Rollover/Tipping Over
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Pinching/Crushing Injuries
  • Falls
  • Collisions
  • Exposure to Hazardous Materials

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 a license to operate a dozer?

Legally, you only require a license to operate “high-risk plant” (usually). For other types of plant or equipment, the level of training provided should be suitable considering “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 dozer operation, workers can complete the RTO unit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RIIMPO323E.

Did You Know?

Dozers, also known as bulldozers, are robust machines that have a remarkable impact on various industries, including construction, mining, and forestry. These powerful vehicles feature a large metal blade in the front, which can be positioned and operated hydraulically. In Australia, dozers play a prominent role in land clearing, earthmoving, and leveling tasks.

With their immense strength and traction, dozers can push heavy materials, remove vegetation, and create access routes in challenging terrains. They are an essential asset in building infrastructure, constructing mine sites, and preparing land for development, contributing to the progress and growth of projects across the country.

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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