Training workers is a mandatory requirement of the work health and safety (WHS) legislation. The legislation requires the organisation to identify hazards in the workplace, develop safe work procedures and train staff in those procedures.
Workers need to be assessed as competent, on the basis of their own personal skills which can be achieved through education, training or experience to certain job related tasks taking into account the hazards and risks associated with the specific work task.
Whenever an employee is deemed to be not yet competent to perform their work effectively and safely, immediate action is taken to rectify the situation. On completion of training, the responsible person ensures that the employee is competent and records the details in the appropriate record. Competency is reviewed after a week to ensure that the training was effective and a note to this effect is made in the training record.