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Free Table Saw VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Table Saw VOC

Purpose of Document

Table Saw VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in table saw 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 Table Saw 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

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

Who Should Use

Table Saw 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 table saw?

A table saw is a versatile woodworking tool used primarily for making straight cuts in wood, plywood, and other materials. It consists of a flat table-like surface with a circular saw blade protruding through an opening in the table. The blade is powered by a motor and can be adjusted in height and angle to make various types of cuts. Table saws are commonly used in carpentry, cabinetry, furniture making, and woodworking for tasks such as ripping, crosscutting, mitering, beveling, and dado cutting. They are essential tools for accurately and efficiently cutting large panels and boards to size for various projects.

What is a table saw used for?

A table saw is primarily used for making straight and precise cuts in various materials, most commonly wood and wood-based products. It consists of a flat tabletop surface with a circular saw blade protruding from the center, which can be adjusted in height and angle. Table saws are commonly used in woodworking, carpentry, and construction for tasks such as ripping (cutting along the length of the material), crosscutting (cutting across the width of the material), bevel cuts, and miter cuts. They are versatile tools that offer accuracy, control, and efficiency in cutting large or thick materials into desired sizes and shapes.

What hazards are involved in table saw use?

Many hazards exist in table saw operation, for example:

  • Contact with the spinning saw blade
  • Kickback of wood or material
  • Electrical hazards
  • Inhalation of sawdust
  • Eye injuries from flying debris
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome from prolonged use
  • Noise 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 table saw?

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 table saw operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Did you know that the table saw has a fascinating historical background? The precursor to the modern table saw, known as the “Rip Saw,” was developed in the mid-18th century. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the table saw as we know it today evolved, with the addition of a circular saw mounted beneath a table. Since then, table saws have become essential tools in woodworking, allowing for precise and efficient cutting of wood and other materials, making them a cornerstone of many workshops and construction sites.

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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