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Free Light Vehicle VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Light Vehicle VOC

Purpose of Document

Light Vehicle VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in Light Vehicle 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 Light Vehicle 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

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

Who Should Use

Light Vehicle 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 light vehicle?

A light vehicle typically refers to a motor vehicle that is smaller in size and weight compared to heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses. Light vehicles include cars, SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles), vans, and pickup trucks, typically designed for personal or light commercial use.

What is a light vehicle used for?

A light vehicle is typically used for transportation purposes, often for personal or commercial use. These vehicles are smaller and lighter in weight compared to heavy-duty vehicles like trucks or buses. They include cars, vans, SUVs, and pickups, commonly used for commuting, travel, deliveries, and other general transportation needs.

What hazards are involved in light vehicle use?

Many hazards exist in light vehicle operation, for example:

  • Collisions
  • Rollover
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Falls
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Mechanical Failure

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 light vehicle?

To operate a light vehicle on public roads or road-related areas, you will need a state-issued driver’s licence (C Class).

Did You Know?

Light vehicles, essential for transportation and mobility, are widely utilized in Australia. These vehicles include cars, SUVs, and small trucks designed for personal or commercial purposes. Light vehicles play a significant role in daily commuting, family transportation, and the delivery of goods and services.

In Australia, these vehicles are commonly seen on roads and highways, ensuring connectivity and facilitating economic activities. Light vehicles offer convenience, flexibility, and accessibility, enabling individuals and businesses to reach their destinations efficiently. With their widespread use, light vehicles contribute to Australia’s transportation infrastructure and support various industries 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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