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Free Smoldering Iron VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Smoldering Iron VOC

Purpose of Document

Smoldering Iron VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in smoldering iron 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 Smoldering Iron 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

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

Who Should Use

Smoldering Iron 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 smoldering iron?

A smoldering iron is a tool used for soldering electronic components or wires. It typically consists of a metal rod or tip that is heated to a high temperature, allowing it to melt solder, a metal alloy with a low melting point. The molten solder is used to join two or more metal components together, creating an electrical connection or bonding them mechanically. Smoldering irons are commonly used in electronics repair, circuit board assembly, plumbing, and jewellery making, among other applications.

What is a smoldering iron used for?

A smoldering iron, also known as a soldering iron, is primarily used for joining or repairing electrical connections and components by melting solder, a metal alloy with a low melting point, to form a bond between two surfaces. It consists of a heated metal tip that transfers heat to the solder, causing it to melt and flow onto the workpiece, creating an electrical and mechanical connection. Smoldering irons are commonly used in electronics assembly, electrical repairs, plumbing, jewellery making, and various DIY projects requiring precise and controlled soldering.

What hazards are involved in smoldering iron use?

Many hazards exist in smoldering iron operation, for example:

  • Burns
  • Electrocution
  • Fumes Inhalation
  • Fire Hazard
  • Eye Injuries
  • Lead Exposure

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 smoldering iron?

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 smoldering iron operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Smoldering irons, also known as soldering irons, have a fascinating historical background in the world of craftsmanship and electronics. The art of soldering dates back thousands of years, with early techniques using metal alloys, such as tin and lead, to join materials together. Over time, these ancient tools evolved into the modern smoldering irons we use today, allowing for precise and controlled heating to create strong and lasting connections in various industries, from electronics to plumbing.

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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