Australia’s WorkSafe is reminding workers engaged in high-risk work they needed to obtain a current license by June 30, 2011, to remain in legal compliance.
According to WorkSafe, due to the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work, replacing National Certificates of Competency in 2007, some workers will have been required to have the license by June 30 this year.
Everyone performing high-risk work will require a license by June 30 2012, but the date by which individuals need to have the license depends upon when their Certificates of Competency were issued, according to WorkSafe.
Workers holding a WA Certificate of Competency or OHSCertificationAustralia card issued between Jan.1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2004, needed to convert to the high-risk work license before June 30.
The remaining conversion deadline is June 30, 2012, for certificates issued between Jan. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30, 2007.
Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch urged people involved with high-risk work to check on the issue date of their Certificates of Competency and act to replace them with the new licenses as soon as possible.
“In agreeing to adopt the national licensing standard back in 2007, we acknowledged the important role high-quality training plays in helping provide workers with the skills to perform high-risk work safely and competently,” McCulloch said.
“These licenses apply to anyone engaged in work considered to be high risk, including scaffolding, dogging, and rigging work and the operation of cranes, hoists, and pressure equipment,” he added.
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