A TRAINING framework led by WA’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) in conjunction with some of WA’s biggest resources companies will improve safety and efficiencies in the workplace.

CME said the project also aims to reduce costs and duplication across the sector.

The pilot project, which will be rolled out for use across all high risk workers, will provide a framework across the industry for verifying work competency of scaffolders working within the resources sector, CME said in June.

CME said leading the project with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell and Woodside working together to remove the need for scaffolders to have their competency assessed each time they visit a different site.

As part of the project, the companies will share information and allow the scaffolders to be declared competent after assessment.

CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said it was critical the industry had confidence in the training provided to workers on site.

“Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees and contractors undertaking high risk work have the appropriate license and are competent to undertake their tasks,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“It is critical the industry has confidence in the training provided to obtain these licences.”

“The Verification of Competency framework, together with the stronger regulatory oversight recently announced by the Training Accreditation Council, will provide the level of assurance needed by industry.”