The Chief Inspector of Occupational Health & Safety, Tibor Szana has issued a Notice i.t.o. Section 27 of the OHS Act to all lifting machine operator training providers who hold certificates without an expiry date, that these certificates will only be valid until 17 January 2020.
In effect the current certificates have been withdrawn with a 12 month window of grace to apply for an updated certificate; one with an expiry date. The DOL then need not remind a training provider of the deadline as the certificate has already been withdrawn.
The reason for this notice is not published, but since the DMR was amended and aligned to the NQF, newer certificates were issued subject to an expiry date. It is also therefore aligned to the Education department’s policy on registration and auditing of training providers.
As training is the back-bone of any nation, strict control needs to be exercised over the quality of learning and when it comes to lifting machines, like tower cranes, heavy forklift trucks and the like, a lot of disaster can follow an incompetent operator. The skill of these operators are very much dependent on the skill of the instructor or trainer.