In every organization where there is a need of heavy equipment’s, they all need competent resources to handle such tasks. People using heavy equipment’s such as cranes, fork lift, dogging, rigging, mining equipment’s all these require competency to be rightly handled.
It is the job of the supervisor to ensure that the workers are competent enough to handle such heavy duty equipments, to check whether they are licensed or not and that their competency is always tested.
Nowadays many companies perform verification of competency (VOC) trainings so that employee is always up to the task. This not only ensures working ability but also safety of the workers who are working around the equipment.
If you are a supervisor then you must ensure that before hiring any employee their confined space entry training is taken. This will ensure a gap analysis so that the employee can be trained and ready to make progress.
Competency is the basis of all things. Without this no employee will have any skill set to perform a duty. Competency can be accessed via on job training or hiring a consulting firm.
The VOC is based upon two things:
Theoretical Knowledge: Any person performing any task having knowledge to do that job. It can be tested during training session or on the job.
Practical Knowledge: This is done during on the job and it is tested upon various tasks that an organization may ask you to do.
Having kept record of all the trainings related to VOC can be a helpful thing, because at the time of auditing a company is being severely judged upon how effectively a worker is performing his or her duty.
The verification of competency should always be maintained every two to three years to refresh the training of employees via soft skill or practical training. Further it is to be noted that if by some reason VOC is not required in some equipments than the VOC should be archived.
The VOC for some maybe a cumbersome thing to do but it is the right thing to do as it ensures the safety of workers and also the equipment that is being handled in a proper way. Employers must take effective measures to ensure the safety of their workers because as said before safety is everything and competency can go a long way if it is shaped in a proper way.
There are many organizations who opt for outsourcing the services of these types of training so that they can be certified and be at ease of mind. If you are looking for such services contact us at (08) 9144 4250 or visit our website: https://www.nwtis.com.au/ to gain more information on how you can improve the competency of your employees.