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5 July 2022

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Permit to Work – When is it needed?

Different roles and responsibilities require a Permit to Work, commonly for high risk work activities.

Question – When do I need a permit to work at heights?

It is dependent on the work site or the employer requirements.  For example, some workplaces require a worker to have a permit to work at heights at 2 meters or more and others require a permit for 1 meter or more.  Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 at the time of writing this blog, there is no legal requirement to have a permit to work at heights, unless your organization requires you to have one in place.

Question – When do I need a permit to work in a Confined Space?

Most organisations are working under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.    At the time of writing, the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 section 67 Confined Space entry permit states:

(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must not direct a worker to enter a confined space to carry out work unless the person has issued a confined space entry
permit for the work.

Question – Why do we do refresher training?

State and Federal laws often change in an effort to refine policy and process in the pursuit of safety and ‘best-practice’ outcomes, and all training packages directly impacted by these law changes are mandatorily updated. Therefore, while there may be many reasons for undertaking refresher training, ultimately it is to demonstrate that we have ‘maintained currency’ in our chosen field(s), an integral part of registered training in Australia.

A recent example of such a legislative change is for working at heights. Previous legislation would define working at heights as any work undertaken above two meters; however, current legislation under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, section 78 states it to be any height where there is risk of a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury. Alternatively, Victorian State legislation still specifies this as a height where there is risk of an involuntary fall of a person of more than 2 meters, (see Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 2017 – Section 41).

Whether you had completed your Heights training in or outside of Victoria, your certificate would still be nationally recognized. However, where there are differing laws and policies in other states and industries respectively, it is your duty to be aware of these differences if they affect your ability to perform your role safely: Remember the saying – “ignorance is no excuse of the law”!

After all is said and done, there is nothing worse than missing out on that job you really want because you don’t have the correct ticket or it’s outdated. There is no better time than NOW to check if you need competency-based training to secure that job. If you do have the correct tickets, make sure they’re up to date and if they are due to soon expire, book in for your refresher training now!

If you have a training need or simply want to know more, contact A Training. We offer training in group-based environments as well as one-on-one delivery to individuals for specific courses, so call us on 1300 707 677 or book online via our website at https://atraining.com.au.

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If you are also interested in attending our Permit to Work Course to learn more, you can see our upcoming dates here – Booking Calendar.  All of our First Aid and CPR Courses are delivered in accordance with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

For more information on available CPR Courses or First Aid Courses on offer, please call 1300 707 677 or visit our website www.atraining.com.au.

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Permit to work

PERMIT TO WORK

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The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by  Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

•   MSMPER300 – Issue Work Permits

To view full unit details please visit training.gov.au

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Training and assessment delivered on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909

Please click this link to view the Allens Training Pty Ltd Student Handbook for this course.

A Training can also be found on the findtraining.com.au website.

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