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Free Drill Press VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Drill Press VOC

Purpose of Document

Drill Press VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in drill press 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 Drill Press 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

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

Who Should Use

Drill Press 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 drill press?

A drill press, also known as a drilling machine or pillar drill, is a stationary power tool used for drilling precise and accurate holes in various materials such as wood, metal, plastic, and composites. It consists of a base, a column, a spindle, and a motor, with a platform or worktable for supporting the material being drilled. The spindle is connected to a chuck that holds the drill bit, and it can be lowered or raised using a lever or handwheel to control the drilling depth. Drill presses are commonly used in woodworking, metalworking, machining, and manufacturing for tasks such as drilling holes with consistent depth and alignment, countersinking, reaming, and tapping.

What is a drill press used for?

A drill press, also known as a drilling machine or pedestal drill, is primarily used for drilling holes into various materials with precision and consistency. It consists of a motor-driven spindle that holds a rotating drill bit, which can be lowered vertically onto the workpiece. Drill presses provide accurate drilling depth, angle, and alignment, making them ideal for repetitive drilling tasks requiring precision, such as creating holes for bolts, screws, dowels, and other fasteners in metal, wood, plastic, and other materials. They are commonly used in metalworking, woodworking, machining, and manufacturing industries, as well as in DIY workshops and hobbyist settings.

What hazards are involved in drill press use?

Many hazards exist in drill press operation, for example:

  • Entanglement
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Kickback
  • Noise Exposure
  • Eye Injuries

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 drill press?

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 drill press operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Did you know that the drill press, a staple tool in workshops and factories, has a long and fascinating history? The concept of a rotating drill mounted on a fixed stand or column was developed in the 19th century. Initially powered by hand or foot, drill presses were later mechanized and electrically powered, revolutionizing the drilling process and increasing productivity in industries such as woodworking, metalworking, and construction. Today, drill presses continue to be essential machines, providing precision, power, and versatility for a myriad of drilling applications.

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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