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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988

National Code of Practice for the Training Providers of Lifting Machine Operators (2015)

8. Training course duration

 

 

(8.1) The accredited training provider shall ensure that every learner is granted relevant theoretical and practical training to enable the learner to attain the prescribed competency level according to the assessment criteria of the applicable unit standard.  The training course duration and instruction conditions may vary according to previous certification of the learner, as indicated below:

 

(8.2) Learners without prior certification applicable to a specific lifting machine/equipment code—
(a) The hours of training shall be according to the notional learner hours of the registered unit standard.
(b) The ratio of learners to facilitator shall not exceed 4:1 for theory training; and
(c) The ratio of learners to demonstration /practical training per machine shall also not exceed 4:1 and all operator training must be subject to direct facilitator supervision.

 

Notes:

Operators without a valid certificate/carry card shall not operate the relevant lifting machine/equipment in the working or operating environment.
Operators of immovable machines (area specific) may be trained/assessed in the working or operating environment only under the direct and constant supervision of a facilitator/assessor and the work area is safe and safeguarded.
Should the operator not meet the prescribed unit standard competency further training must be arranged, for the learner to achieve the particular outcome/s.

 

(8.3) Operators with previous certification(recertification)—
(a) Operators previously certified under the Driven Machinery Regulations whose certificates have expired or are due to expire, shall be subject to re-certification.  The re-certification training shall comprise a minimum of 4 hours theoretical instruction with special focus on safety and 1 hour practical training and assessment under a ratio of 1:1 assessor supervision.
(b) The ratio of learners to facilitator shall not exceed 12:1 for theory training; and
(c) The ratio of learners to demonstration /practical training per machine shall also not exceed 4:1 and all operator training must be subject to direct facilitator supervision.
(d) Upgrades on codes for learners / operators shall be regarded as re- certification, provided that the upgrade will be of a same type of lifting machine i.e. code F1 to code F 3, code F5 to F14. C33 to C36.
(e) In the event where the operator's carry card has expired for more than 90 days, the learner/operator has to undergo novice training.

 

Notes:

Operators without a valid certificate shall not operate the relevant lifting machine/equipment in the working or operating environment.
Operators of immovable machines (area specific) may be trained/assessed in the working or operating environment only under the direct and constant supervision of a facilitator/assessor and the work area is safe and safeguarded.
Should the operator not meet the prescribed unit standard competency further training must be arranged, for the learner to achieve the particular outcome/s.