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Free Edger VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Edger VOC

Purpose of Document

Edger VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in edger 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 Edger 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

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

Who Should Use

Edger 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 an edger?

An edger, in the context of gardening and landscaping, is a tool used to create clean and well-defined edges along sidewalks, driveways, flower beds, and other landscape features. It typically consists of a flat metal blade or rotating cutting wheel attached to a long handle. The blade is pushed along the edge of the lawn or pathway, cutting away excess grass or overgrowth to create a neat and manicured edge. Edgers help to maintain the appearance of outdoor spaces by preventing grass and weeds from encroaching onto paved surfaces and flower beds, giving them a tidy and professional look.

What is an edger used for?

An edger, also known as a lawn edger or edge trimmer, is primarily used for creating clean and defined edges along sidewalks, driveways, flower beds, and other landscape features. It typically features a spinning blade or line trimmer head that cuts grass and weeds along the edges of these surfaces, giving the lawn a manicured appearance. Edgers are used to maintain the appearance and health of lawns by removing excess growth and creating crisp, uniform borders. They are essential tools for landscaping and lawn care, helping to enhance the overall aesthetics of outdoor spaces.

What hazards are involved in edger use?

Many hazards exist in edger operation, for example:

  • Blade Contact
  • Tripping or Slipping
  • Debris Projection
  • Electrocution
  • Noise Exposure
  • Vibration
  • 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 an edger?

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 edger operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Did you know that edgers have a rich historical background in the lumber industry? The edger, a machine used to trim and straighten the edges of lumber, has been in use since the late 19th century. Originally powered by steam, edgers were later motorized, revolutionizing the lumber milling process and increasing efficiency. Today, edgers are still heavily utilized in sawmills and wood processing facilities, ensuring the production of high-quality and accurately dimensioned lumber for construction, furniture making, and various other 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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