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Free Scraper VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Scraper VOC

Purpose of Document

Scraper VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in scraper 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 Scraper 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

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

Who Should Use

Scraper 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 scraper?

A scraper is heavy equipment with a large blade or bowl used in construction and earthmoving to scrape and haul materials like soil and gravel for tasks such as excavation and grading on construction sites.

What is a scraper used for?

Scrapers are heavy equipment machines used for earthmoving, equipped with a large blade to scoop material. They’re vital in construction, mining, and agriculture for tasks like leveling land and building roads, especially on flat terrain, expediting projects.

What hazards are involved in scraper use?

Many hazards exist in scraper operation, for example:

  • Rollover/Tipping Over
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Pinching/Crushing Injuries
  • Falls
  • Collisions
  • Exposure to Hazardous Materials

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 scraper?

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.

To demonstrate competence in scraper operation, workers can complete the RTO unit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RIIMPO312E.

Did You Know?

Did you know that scrapers, heavy machinery designed for earthmoving and bulk material handling, have significant use in Australia? These specialized vehicles are primarily used in mining, construction, and large-scale infrastructure projects. Scrapers feature a large hopper at the front that can be lowered to scoop up soil, rock, or other materials. They are then propelled forward, depositing the load in designated areas or onto trucks for transportation.

In Australia’s expansive mining industry, scrapers play a crucial role in moving large volumes of material efficiently, enhancing productivity and contributing to the development of mining operations 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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