On 01 January 2012 the new National Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws came into effect.
In preparation for compliance with the new laws, from Sept 2011 WorkCover NSW ceased issuing a Certificate of Competency (Licence) for the following load shifting equipment.
However employers or controllers of the plant) must ensure that the operators have received adequate information and training, and/or supervised, so any risks to health and safety are minimized.
The employer or controller must ensure the operator is competent to do their job safely.
To assist determine an Operators competency, appropriate training or experience could include that they:
The employer (or controller) must also assess that an operator’s current level of competency is appropriate for the complexity of the work and the conditions of the worksite.
An Operator competency, and the level of information, instruction, training and/or supervision they require, should be reviewed regularly to ensure the safety of workers and other in the workplace.
From January 1st 2012 the New National Work Health & Safety (WHS Laws will not require licenses for specified Load shifting equipment.
Accordingly Australian State and Territory OHS regulators will no longer issue a license for a backhoe/Loader Frontend Loader, Loader skid steer, or Excavator.
This training is structured formal training and assessment, which provides competencies that satisfy the employer’s duty of care provisions, of the new WHS laws and regulations.
On Successful completion of these courses, Alltrans Training will issue participants with a Statement of Attainment, and we have plastic photo ID cards as evidence of competency.
When you are renewing your WorkCover or equivalent Certificate of Competency Licence. If you currently hold a Work cover License endorsed with any of the Load shifting (earthmoving) Classes LB, LE, LL, LS these classes will not appear on your license when it is renewed by Work cover.
The old Work cover license should be retained as it provided evidence that you completed the license process and were deemed competent on the class of equipment shown on the card. In time it is likely your worksite will require Validation of Competency to be demonstrated.