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Free EWP VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Purpose of Document

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

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

Who Should Use

EWP 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.


What is an EWP?

An EWP stands for Elevated Work Platform, which is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access for people or equipment to inaccessible areas, typically at height. It includes various types such as scissor lifts, cherry pickers, and boom lifts, commonly used in construction, maintenance, and other industries.

What is an EWP used for?

An Elevated Work Platform (EWP) is used for working at heights safely and efficiently. It provides a stable and secure platform for workers to perform tasks such as maintenance, repairs, installation, or construction work at elevated locations, including buildings, bridges, and utility poles.

What hazards are involved in EWP use?

Many hazards exist in EWP operation, for example:

  • Falls
  • Collapse/Tipping Over
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Entrapment
  • Overextension

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 an EWP?

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.

For a boom-type EWP over 11m, you will require a High Risk Work Licence (WP Class).

Did You Know?

Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) are widely used in Australia for various applications. These versatile hydraulic-powered machines play a crucial role in the construction, maintenance, and industrial sectors across the country. EWPs provide a safe and efficient solution for working at heights, allowing workers to access elevated areas easily.

With their adjustable platforms and reach capabilities, EWPs are commonly used for tasks such as window cleaning, tree trimming, and electrical work. These machines have greatly improved productivity and safety in numerous industries throughout Australia, making them an indispensable tool for elevated work.

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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