Non-slewing telehandler licence

WorkSafe Victoria is introducing a new non-slewing telehandler licence to operate non-slewing telehandlers with a rated capacity of more than three tonnes.

Non-slewing telehandlers are used across many industries, including agriculture, construction, forestry and warehousing.

Non-slewing telehandlers are a high risk plant that require skills and expertise to operate safely. They also pose significant safety risks to people who use and interact with them.

The existing mobile-crane licence training covers skills and knowledge for the safe operation of a non-slewing crane that are transferrable to a non-slewing telehandler. A key focus of the mobile-crane training is around the risks of lifting freely suspended loads on a fixed or running hook, which can be done with a non-slewing telehandler by using a hook and jib attachment.

The new licence means people can complete tailored training and get a high risk work licence (HRWL) specific to non-slewing telehandlers with a rated capacity of more than three tonnes that are fitted with a range of attachments.

Please note, people who use non-slewing telehandlers with a rated capacity of three tonnes or less should be trained and competent in the use of the equipment, but do not need a licence.

When the new licence is available and how to get it

From July 1, 2024, people can do the following:
* Complete specific training for non-slewing telehandlers at an authorised Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as TAFE
* Pass the assessment
* Apply for the non-slewing telehandler specific licence, and
* Renew the licence every five years.

What does the new licence mean?

Operaters of non-slewing telehandlers with a rated capacity of more than three tonnes can now complete tailored non-slewing telehandler training and get a specific non-slewing telehandler HRWL, rather than a full mobile-crane licence.

You’ll need the new licence if you:

* Operate a non-slewing telehandler with a rated capacity of more than three tonnes in Victoria
* Do not have a current mobile-crane HRWL, and
* You won’t need the new licence if you already hold a mobile crane HRWL.

Where a work platform attachment is used, further competency and/or HRWL requirements may apply.

Find out more at worksafe.vic.gov.au.

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