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Free Pressure Cleaner VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Pressure Cleaner VOC

Purpose of Document

Pressure Cleaner VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in pressure cleaner 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 Pressure Cleaner 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

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

Who Should Use

Pressure Cleaner 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 pressure cleaner?

A pressure cleaner, also known as a pressure washer, is a high-pressure mechanical sprayer used to remove dirt, grime, mud, mold, loose paint, and other contaminants from surfaces such as buildings, vehicles, concrete, and outdoor furniture. It operates by forcing water through a narrow nozzle at high pressure, which creates a concentrated stream that effectively blasts away stubborn stains and debris.

What is a pressure cleaner used for?

A pressure cleaner, also known as a pressure washer, is primarily used for cleaning surfaces by spraying high-pressure water onto them. It’s commonly used for removing dirt, grime, mold, mildew, grease, and other contaminants from a variety of surfaces, including driveways, sidewalks, decks, fences, siding, vehicles, and outdoor furniture.

What hazards are involved in pressure cleaner use?

Many hazards exist in Pressure cleaner operation, for example:

  • High-Pressure Spray
  • Electrocution
  • Slip and Fall
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Eye Injuries
  • Noise
  • Exposure Recoil

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 pressure cleaner?

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 pressure cleaner operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Pressure cleaners, also known as pressure washers, have a relatively recent history, with their development dating back to the late 1940s. They were initially designed and used for industrial purposes, primarily for cleaning factories and equipment. As technology advanced, pressure cleaners became more compact, affordable, and widely available, making them popular for domestic use in the cleaning of patios, decks, vehicles, and more.

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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