Month: August 2016

Log Your Training Hours Through Us

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Starting a career in the manufacturing or agricultural industries can seem quite challenging when you don’t have the right training and qualifications to get your foot in the door.

Being a reliable and hard worker will go a long way in these lines of work, but with strict Work Health and Safety laws in place, employers will only consider you if you have all the necessary licensing and experience.

For the vast majority of new workers trying to break into the industry, the biggest challenge when it comes to getting a forklift ticket – or licenses to operate other machinery like bobcats, excavators and steer graders – is needing to understand both theoretical and practical components in order to become fully qualified.

Most jobs in the farming or building sectors will require a ticket and logged hours using specific machinery, and when you haven’t ever worked on a site to gain that experience – it can be quite a challenge.

But the solution is simple.

Elevated Training can open up our live training site to show you how to operate the gear in a practical setting.

Starting from scratch isn’t as daunting as it seems when we can provide you with straightforward classroom and worksite training where you can get the all skills you need in the one place.

You can gain hands-on experience operating various machinery and log training hours using our equipment and be fully prepared for your desired job.

We also offer after-hour and weekend training so you can gain the right experience at times that suit your current working schedule.

What’s more – the trainers and assessors at Elevated Training have a wealth of experience working in various sectors, so our industry connections may even help to kick start your career.

So if you’re seeking out ways to log hours on new machinery for your next job, call Elevated Training today.

3 steps to ensure you’re compliant with Workplace Health and Safety regulations

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In the unfortunate event there is an accident on site, would you be confident that you took every reasonable step to ensure the competency of your workers?

If not, you could be facing prosecution, a hefty fine of up to $20,000 – or even worse – one of your staff could be seriously injured.

Here are three simple steps to comply with Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and above all, keep your team safe:

1. Ensure staff are licensed to fulfil their role

There are a number of different licenses relevant so any given worksite, so it’s important that your workers hold the appropriate tickets for their role.

Whether it’s a standard forklift ticket and High Risk Work license, working at heights, or operating machinery such as bobcats, graders and excavators – make sure you as the manager are across the relevant licensing that must be held by your workers for each individual role.

2. Ensure licensed staff are still competent in their field

As an employer, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that the skills of staff working on site are up-to-date.

To ensure your duty of care requirements are met, Elevated Training can provide refresher training, which is also known as ‘Verification of Competency’, to validate your staffs’ abilities to undertake the responsibilities of their roles.

3. Have risk management protocols in place that eliminate or minimise health and safety risks.

Typical protocols include identifying hazards, assessing the risks, controlling risks and reviewing the control measures.

If you take the necessary precautions you can not only prevent workplace injuries for your staff and keep them out of harm’s way, but you’ll also be compliant with WHS and avoid unwanted fines.

Elevated Training can come to your worksite and provide forklift licencing and forklift refresher courses to your team to avoid taking your staff out of work or shutting down production.

Contact us today and find out how you can keep compliant and get discounted training fees.

The difference between LO and LF forklift tickets

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At Elevated Training, our experienced team provides a wide range of vocational training for forklift tickets, EWP licenses and more.

One of the most common questions we get asked with new workers entering the industry, as well as some seasoned workers, is “What’s the difference between the LO and LF forklift licences?”

The key component that differentiates an LO from an LF Licence is the type of vehicle the licence is intended for.

An LF licence allows you to operate any forklift truck, excluding a load-shifting order picking truck (or LO classified vehicle).

Whereas an LO licence will only qualify you to operate a load-shifting order picker and a “turret truck” – which is also known as a VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) truck.

A standard forklift truck is equipped with a pair of fork arms that can be raised from 9m above the ground, making it easier to transfer heavy or multiple packaged items in a warehouse setting.

The forklift is operated from the driver’s seat and steering wheel and doesn’t require the driver to be elevated at any point or attached to a harness.

The operation of an LO picking truck, on the other hand, requires the driver to wear a harness because the operator’s platform rises and lowers to enable the driver to pick stock at varying levels up to 10m.

If you’re looking to get work in a warehouse, transport or logistics role, either licence would be an ideal starting point to kick-start your career in the industry.

Elevated Training provides 3-day courses for either the LF or LO tickets for just $475.

Both courses will show you through how to plan work and conduct routine checks, shift loads, shut down and secure the forklift trucks, and they both equip you with a High Risk Work license.

In addition, the LO course simply specifies the skills and knowledge required to operate an order picking forklift where the operator controls elevate with the lifting media.

Call us today to enrol, or book online for 10% off your course fee.

Keeping HR Managers informed on licencing and WHS obligations

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When working in human resources, maintaining the knowledge and expertise for your own position is just the beginning.

You also need to maintain an understanding of the various roles within your workplace and the duties they each entail.

Furthermore, if you are the HR Manager of a manufacturing site, transport company, rural workplace, or similar – you also need to be well-versed with the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) regulations relevant to your site, as well as the various tickets your workers must retain in order to perform their routine duties.

For these types of workplaces, there are various different licences depending on the machinery and equipment, the working platforms and the risks involved with the employees’ duties.
To avoid occupational accidents and hazards, you as the HR Manager should have a comprehensive understanding of each ticket and what they entail.

At Elevated Training, we provide support to Human Resource professionals like yourself, including theoretical training components to gain a wider understanding of the various licenses used on your worksite and what’s required of your employees to remain competent in their respective fields.

In the unfortunate event there is an accident on site, you need to be able to prove that you took every reasonable step to ensure the competency of your workers and that WHS practices were followed diligently.

Understanding licencing, and the various WHS practices that come with each, helps your business remain compliant across the board and avoid hefty fines of up to $20,000.

To ensure your duty of care requirements are met, Elevated Training can provide the professional advice you need to ensure workers on your site operate machinery correctly safely.

If you want to keep on top of the various tickets held by your staff and the safety procedures to suit, call us today and we’ll tailor training and advice to your individual needs.