Who conducts High Risk Work training & assessments?

Only Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) approved by your state health and safety regulator can deliver training and arrange a licence assessment for a National licence to perform high risk work.

Furthermore once approval is obtained by the state health and safety regulator in your state, you can check on training.gov.au to ensure the licence you are enquiring about is on the RTO’s scope of registration.

Do you need a licence for a scissor lift?

The following extract explains the need for having a “yellow card” proof of training on various types of EWP’s.
(From the Elevated Work Platform Association of Australia. (EWPA)

Every State in Australia has in place an Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S), which aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of people at work. In these Acts, it is clearly stated that there is a duty of care to ensure workplace safety. In broad terms each State OH&S Act specifically embraces the following:

  • Employers must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees at work.
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of plant must ensure equipment is safe to use when properly used and must make available adequate information about the conditions for the safe use of the equipment manufactured or supplied.
  • Employees must co-operate with efforts to comply with OH&S requirements.

What this means, in reality, is that there needs to be some form of proof that the operator has been trained in the safe use of an elevating work platform (EWP). Verbal instruction is not an effective method of training as it lacks proof of training evidence. The EWP Operator Training Program (or Yellow Card) is the result of the EWPA helping the industry to comply with the OH&S Act.

Do I need to wear a harness in a scissor lift?

The EWPA (Inc.) suggests that safety harnesses are not required on scissor lifts unless a hazard assessment shows there is a risk of falling. Eg: Over-reaching. (Over-reaching is when the upper body goes beyond the handrails, and the centre of gravity moves from inside to outside the platform causing the operator to fall.)

All tasks involving the use of EWP’s should be planned and hazard identification must be carried out.

Manufacturers are not required to fit certified harness attachment points on scissor lifts, as per the build standard AS/NZS1418.10. This is a clear indication that providing the EWP is used and maintained as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, there is no requirement for a harness to be worn. The platform guard and hand rails are the primary source of fall protection for operators.

What is a ladder licence?

A ladder licence is a term not used at WAM Training.

Training just on the use of a ladder covers only the use of a ladder. The use of a ladder is the last control measure that is allowed to be considered when work at heights.

Working at Heights training covers the 5 preferred types of control measures.

Do I need training to work at heights?

Under both state and federal health and safety legislation, training is required for all workers who expose themselves potential of a fall at work. Depending on the health and safety legislation your state has adopted, it is mandatory to have fall protection.

Before work commences, all locations and tasks that may involve the risk of a fall need to be identified. This includes access to the areas where tasks are to be performed. Each task needs to be examined to determine whether there is a risk of falling.

An employer’s primary duty is to eliminate the risk. If this is not reasonably practicable, the risk must be reduced to the minimum level possible, so far as is reasonably practicable. To do this, there is a preferred order (or hierarchy) of risk-control measures, ranging from the most effective to the least effective, that must be applied.

In relation to the prevention of falls of more than two metres on construction sites, the Victorian Regulations require employers to:

  • identify all tasks that involve a fall hazard of more than two metres

Other states have the same laws, however different heights can apply.

How long does a Worksafe High Risk Work Licence last?

Licence is valid for 5 years from date of issue.

Getting the application form
You can get the application form at participating Australia Post outlets and from the WorkSafe Advisory Service by calling 1800 136 089, or 9641 1444, or email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

Do I need refresher training on mobile plant and equipment?

Refresher training by definition is a Short-term course aimed at recall and reinforcement of previously acquired knowledge and skills.

State and Federal Health and Safety laws clearly state that:

  • Employers must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees at work.

Therefore in order to fulfil your health and safety obligations ensuring the knowledge and skills of employees are remain consistent with industry expectations, is a must.

How often?
Ultimately unless there is a specific industry expectation, such as annual confined space refresher training, the decision is up to each employer, who must identify if a lack of training poses a potential risk to the health and safety of employees, he must act.

Current industry expectations would place most refresher training occurring in the range of 1 to 3 years with some electing longer.

The following link to the Worksafe website may provide further direction or assistance: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/forms-and-publicat…

When do you get your certificate and / or proof of training card?

WAM Training provides both “Statement of Attainment” and “Proof of Training” cards with photograph to participants as they leave our premises on the last day of a training course.

For training conducted on your site (Refer to Training premises checklist in useful forms tab) both “Statement of Attainment” and “Proof of Training” cards with photograph to participants as soon as possible (No longer than 14 days) after completion of the last day of a training course.

High Risk Work Licences
All participants who successfully complete a High Risk Work Licence training course must personally lodge their application for a Licence to Perform High Risk Work within 60 days of the issue of the Notice of Assessment to Australia Post.

What safety equipment should I bring to a WAM Training course?

Generally Hi visibility vest/clothing, hard hat and safety shoes. Refer to the course description for each course you are attending.

How do I enrol?

Call WAM Training on 1800 143 343 and our training staff will arrange for an email containing all information for the training you require.

Go to the Home or course pages on this site and select a course. It is then just as simple as 1 – 2 – 3.
1. Select a preferred course date / s or general enquiry.
2. Check your course details. If correct, click on the enquire now button.
3. Enter your name, Phone number and email address. Also add in any additional information you would like to tell WAM Training in the comments section.

Do you provide Incolink training subsidy?

WAM Training are authorised to claim the yearly Incolink training subsidy available to current and paid up members. Once approved by Incolink WAM training will reduce your course payment accordingly.

Please advise your WAM training member of your intention to claim your Incolink subsidy. We can then provide you with the paperwork and proceed with the very quick approval process (Generally 24 hours).

What is the yellow card?

The EWPA Yellow Card is the predominant industry accepted proof of training for Elevated Work Platforms, recognised nationally by all major manufacturers, suppliers and users of EWPs.

The Yellow Card training meets the two key objectives of the OH&S Acts, being:

  • It confirms that the operators of specific types of EWPs have been trained in the safe use of the work platform.
  • The supplier, employer and user all have documentary evidence that the required ‘duty of care’ has been met or exceeded.

When do you need a qualified electrical spotter?

Do you undertake work in the vicinity of electrical Transmission, Distribution or Traction Company assets using large vehicles, plant and or equipment including scaffolds?
If the answer is YES, then the question is; Are you using the “No Go Zone Rules”?


Where are you (WAM Training) located?

Our Industrial training centre is located at Factory 1, 2 & 3 / 73 Dohertys Rd, Laverton North. Map
(Behind Hungry Jays Café – Opposite Hume Rd)

We also have access to training facilities at 2 Heland Place, Braeside. Map