Competent or incompetent….. that's the question on everyone lips!
The Accessman training team have been suffering from altitude sickness from all of the ups and downs that you our valued clients have been demanding, in order to get your staff classified as competent, under the new Best Practice Guide for EWPs.
In this regular update we plan to offer you some simple guidelines to answer the clear and burning questions around these new best practice requirements that as we are all finding out, are being enforced by Safer Work Place NZ.
Best Practice is just that, it is not a law but can be used in a court to support the Health and Safety Act ,which is where we find ourselves running foul of the enforcement officers visiting our sites, and where warnings are potentially turning into fines.
Proof of competency is required under the new best practice guidelines in order to operate any EWP. In simple terms the operator is required to hold either our industry training card, or have a proof of learning available to support their cause.
The latter is where we find you our clients struggling, as to have such detailed records that show time and competency on the different EWPs in operation and have this available to show an inspector when challenged, would seem to be more than most can support.
Our NZQA Silver card training program has been designed with your staff in mind, its current, topical and relevant to their needs, with the card being issued meeting all of the Best Practice requirements without confusion.
Next newsletter ….. Machine log books, why are we required to now fill these in.?
Your Accessman Training Team