Why should I train my
The best reason to train and certify mobile plant operators is to
improve workplace safety. We have a moral obligation to ensure
workers don't injure themselves or others.
As well as that, legislation requires
that workers must be adequately trained in the safe use of
equipment in the place of work.
of the PCBU to exercise due dilligence can result in heavy fines and/or
loss of insurance cover. This can be even more disastrous if a
serious incident occurs with fines up to three million dollars and even
imprisonment for company officers!
What kind of training is required?
Formal theory, practical demonstration and hands-on
supervised training must be provided
operating unsupervised in the workplace, the PCBU must evaluate
the operator's performance and determine the operator to be
competent to operate the equipment safely.
What if my operator holds a licence endorsement?
The HSWA requires that
all operators must be properly trained in the safe use of the equipment
and unfortunately, holding a license endorsement does not certify this
Licence endorsements only
cover skills related to driving on those places that are deemed to be a
road by NZ Transport Agency (and enforced by NZ Police).
Operating safely in a
work environment with a wide range of tasks that have nothing to do with
driving on a "road" is a whole different thing! It falls under WorkSafe jurisdiction.
What exactly is
an "OSH" Certificate?
Certificate is the historic name for the record of training that was
issued to forklift operators trained by an OSH registered instructor prior to
In May 2007,
Competenz became responsible for the auditing and registering of
forklift trainers under the Approved Code of Practice for Training
Operators and Instructors of Powered Industrial Lift Trucks (Forklifts).
Competenz is the trading name of New Zealand Engineering, Food and
Manufacturing Industry Training Organisation
The Code of Practice outlines a minimum
standard of training that should be provided by forklift owners,
managers and trainers of forklift operators.
use of the terms 'OSH approved' or 'OSH certified' is no longer
supported by WorkSafe or the Ministry of Business Innovation &
How can I comply with the HSWA and regulations?
to a standard that meets or exceeds the requirements of the applicable
safety law or regulations is often regarded as "compliance training".
The Act and any applicable
Codes of Practice and/or regulations for the machine or job type must be
taken into account when conducting training and competency evaluations.
Certificates are issued as
proof of training completed to a certain and records must be
kept for future reference. Investigators can check these records to see
exactly what was taught to and learned by the trainee and any of this
documentation can be used as evidence in court if required.
Can I do my own
As an employer, you
may deliver your own on-site safety training. All you need are
training resources, documentation and someone qualified and experienced
with the equipment and training techniques. This applies to any plant and potentially
dangerous equipment from saws to log loaders, presses to
What if we use several different types of machine
at our company?
By law, the PCBU must ensure that
each operator is trained and evaluated for each specific type of
machine that will be used. For example, someone authorised to
operate a front loading rigid forklift may not have been trained to
use a reach truck or articulated forklift. They are different
machines with different risks.
program approved by WorkSafe?
WorkSafe (MBIE) does not certify, accredit or approve any forklift training
programs or trainers. However they do approve Code's of Practice and
regulations that clearly describe the required content of training
programs and LOADSAFE training is designed in accordance with all
The responsibility rests with the PCBU to ensure that each operator has received the necessary
training and has been evaluated and proved competent to operate the
equipment. The PCBU must then authorise that person to operate
the specified equipment.
only uses instructors or assessors that are experienced, qualified and
registered with the appropriate Industry Training Organisations. That
means they are regularly audited by an independant governing body.
What does "certified" mean?
A certificate is a record of learning issued by an
approved assessor as proof that a person has passed
tests of knowledge and/or operating ability.
contain information including but not limited to; the name of the
person, the date of testing, an expiry date, a description of the
machine type and the identity of the person(s) who conducted the
assessments and what was covered in the programme.
Once a person has been
properly trained and certified, a PCBU may then authorise that
person to operate the specified equipment.
type of documentation must
The CoP requires that each operator be
properly trained and authorised. Once the PCBU is satisfied that
an operator has been properly trained, they may then authorise that
LOADSAFE provides electronic
certificates and authorisation templates.
How often must refresher training be
We recommend that refresher training
be provided every
two years or when:
The operator has
been observed to operate the machine in an unsafe manner.
The operator has
been involved in an accident or near-miss incident.
The operator has
received an evaluation that reveals that the operator is not
operating the machine properly.
The operator is
assigned to drive a different type of machine.
A condition in the
workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation
of the machine.
I retrain employees that have been operating equipment for many
A PCBU does not need to retrain a worker in the operation of
equipment if they are satisfied that the operator is
sufficiently experienced and has been
evaluated and has proven to be competent to operate the equipment
The operator would
only need additional
training in those areas where his or her performance indicates the
need for further training and for new types of equipment and areas
The LOADSAFE system is an ideal solution for
getting your operators in compliance without making them go through
an expensive and time consuming training program.
How do I get on-site training?
A worker can be designated as the company trainer or the PCBU
can hire an outside trainer to come to the workplace to conduct
Designating a worker as trainer gives the PCBU the
most flexibility and costs less since training can be
conducted when most convenient for the trainer and the operator(s).
What if I don't have the documentation or expertise
to do it myself?
We research all relevant codes and regulations and operator manuals when developing a customised inhouse
course. We can provide coaching tools and documentation so you can effectively log all training events.
Contact us if we don't have the right course for you listed on our site,
it may be in development.
How can LOADSAFE benefit my company?
Whereas external trainers usually require minimum attendance at a
time that suits them,
LOADSAFE will reduce your actual training costs as well as
operational costs due to training.
Things like downtime and wages while on courses are reduced because
individual operators can complete the training during slow periods,
breaks or even during their own time from home.
To reduce your training costs further, LOADSAFE makes it possible
for a PCBU to implement their own practical training programs.
LOADSAFE takes care of the formal theory training (non
site-specific). The PCBU can then appoint a qualified employee
to coach others.
Either way you keep your worker training within normal hours and
on-site while maintaining productivity.
Key components of our Safe Operator Training
Health & Safety law and responsibilities
safe operation including machine dynamics and stability
Pre use inspections
and hazard awareness
Safe operation of
the machine and associated components
Safe handling of
can also custom design courses for any dangerous equipment, hazardous
tasks or process. Contact Richard 027 2219717 for a discussion or quote.