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Free Forklift VOC (Verification of Competency) Template

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Forklift VOC

Purpose of a Forklift VOC Document

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

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

Who Should Use

Forklift 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 a forklift?

A forklift is a powered industrial truck with lifting capabilities and forks used to lift and move materials over short distances. It’s commonly used in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities for loading, unloading, and stacking goods on pallets or shelves. Forklifts come in various sizes and configurations to handle different loads and environments.

What is a forklift used for?

A forklift is used for lifting and transporting heavy loads over short distances in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers. It features fork-like prongs attached to the front that can be raised and lowered to pick up pallets, crates, and other bulky items, facilitating efficient material handling and logistics operations.

What hazards are involved in forklift use?

Many hazards exist in fork lift operation, for example:

  • Tip-Over/Rollover
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Falls
  • Falling Objects
  • Crushing Hazards
  • Collisions

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 forklift?

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 forklift use, you will require a High Risk Work License (LF Class).

Did You Know?

Forklifts, indispensable machinery in material handling and logistics, are widely used in Australia for various purposes. These versatile vehicles feature forks that can be raised and lowered, enabling them to lift and transport heavy loads with ease. Forklifts play a crucial role in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers across the country.

Their ability to efficiently move and stack goods contributes to streamlined operations and increased productivity. Moreover, forklifts are utilized in construction sites for lifting materials and equipment, aiding in the smooth progress of projects throughout Australia.

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) <>

These free resources are templates only. They must be customised for your workplace ensuring that:

  • Relevant legal requirements have been met,
  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

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