13/06/2016 - 14:18

New training framework for high-risk workers

13/06/2016 - 14:18

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The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia has partnered with some of the state’s biggest resources players to launch a pilot training framework to improve safety in the workplace.

New training framework for high-risk workers

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia has partnered with some of the state’s biggest resources players to launch a pilot training framework to improve safety in the workplace.

BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell and Woodside Petroleum, in collaboration with CME, will incorporate the project, which provides a framework for verifying work competency of high-risk workers, including scaffolders, working within the resources sector.

By removing the need for scaffolders to have their competency assessed each time they visit a different site, CME hopes that safety and efficiency in the workplace will be boosted, while costs and duplication will be lowered.

The participating companies will share information under the pilot program, allowing the scaffolders to be declared competent after assessment.

It follows news last month that an audit by the TAC had uncovered an alarmingly high level of non-compliance with registered training organisations which specialise in high-risk work licences.

The audit was undertaken in response to industry concerns that training and assessment practices weren’t vigorous enough to give industry confidence in training and assessment outcomes.

CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said it was critical the industry had confidence in the training being provided to workers on site.

“Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees and contractors undertaking high risk work have the appropriate license and are competent to undertake their tasks,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“Given the nature of high risk work, it is critical the industry has confidence in the training provided to obtain these licenses.

“The Verification of Competency framework, together with the stronger regulatory oversight recently announced by the Training Accreditation Council, will provide the level of assurance needed by industry.”

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