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Have you complied with the five training requirements for lifting machines?

by , 16 September 2013
Lifting machines are defined as power-driven machines designed and constructed for raising or lowering a load or moving it in suspension. Lifting machines include block and tackle, hoist, crane, lift truck and a jib crane. If your employees use any of these machines, make sure you comply with these five training requirements for lifting machines.

Lifting machines fall within driven machinery regulations. This means you must comply with requirements by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) when you train your employees to use the machines, says the Health&Safety Advisor.

Here are the five training requirements for lifting machines you must comply with

Training requirement#1: You must provide training for all operators of lifting machines or equipment.

Training requirement#2: You must provide training, no matter what the capacity of the lifting machine or equipment.

Remember that each different type of machinery or equipment has different criteria for competency assessment.

Training requirement#3: Accredited training providers must do the training. Remember to ask the training provider for copies of their registration and certification.

Training requirement#4: These providers must be accredited as per the requirements and code of practice of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The Department of Labour will be able to provide you with a list of accredited training providers.

Training requirement#5: The training provider must provide a certificate of competence for the operator and a licence to operate the machinery.

Well there you have it. Now that that you know the requirements for lifting machines, stay on the right side of the OHSA and comply with them.

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