Section 8 - Safety training and human factors.

In 1998 the WorkCover Authority introduced a code of practice for occupational health and safety induction training.

Induction training can be delivered through a registered education or training provider. The purpose of this training is to standardise safety instruction relevant to the needs of the appropriate work site, ensuring the same expectations for OHS.
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure OHS induction training is undertaken by its employees as they are not permitted to undertake tasks or enter work site areas without having completed this training.

Self-employed persons are not permitted to undertake tasks on a work site without having completed safety induction training.

Chapter 9 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 requires people to holda relevant certificate of competency before operating certain equipment and machinery, or undertaking certain tasks.

How do I obtain a certificate of competency?
Applicants must:
Be at least 18 years of age (unless exempted by WorkCover)
Truthfully complete the appropriate WorkCover application form
 Be assessed by an accredited certificate assessor
 Provide documentary evidence of competence
Pay the set fee.

What is documentary evidence of competency?
Documentary evidence of competency is:
a 'Notice of Satisfactory Assessment' issued by an accredited certificate assessor
previous NSW or interstate certificates that are equivalent to the national certificate class(es).

Are the national certificates recognised throughout Australia?

Nationally uniform Certificates of Competency issued by WorkCover are automatically
recognised throughout Australia. Certificates do not have to be changed over to work interstate.

Nationally uniform certificates issued by another state certifying authority allow the holder to work automatically in N.SW.

On becoming a permanent resident in NSW, certificate holders may apply to WorkCover for their certificate records to be transferred to NSW.