There are no specific competencies or qualifications for managers required under legislation. Under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the WHS Act) a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of workers and others is not put as risk.
Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must eliminate risks in the workplace, or if that is not reasonably practicable, minimise the risks so far as is reasonably practicable. The WHS Regulations include more specific requirements for PCBUs to manage the risks of hazardous chemicals, airborne contaminants and plant, as well as other hazards associated with reasonable steps to gain an understanding of the hazards and risks associated with the operations of the business or undertaking, and ensure the business or undertaking has and uses appropriate resources and process to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety.
WorkSafe NT publishes the Code of Practice on how to manage work health and safety risks is an approved code of practice under section 274 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the WHS Act).
Code of Practice
While the legislation does not require specific qualifications, a Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations for lower risk operations and a Diploma of Surface Operations Management for higher risk operations are good benchmarks. Equally the PCBU has the responsibility to ensure the person appointed remains competent. Therefore, ensuring there is evidence that the person has current skills and knowledge to undertake the role at the side they are managing is important.
What can the IQA offer?
- Ongoing professional development in all technical areas relating to quarries to ensure knowledge is current.
- The IQA has partnerships with RTOs who offer extractive qualifications (accredited training). The IQA can assist you in enrolling in the required units.
Please contact the IQA on 02 9484 0577 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on courses to ensure your workforce can demonstrate competency requirements in the Northern Territory.