Employers need to satisfy themselves that the people they engage are competent to carry out the work they want done safely. Failure to do so can have serious consequences.
Selecting someone from an established grading scheme with specialist knowledge of the area of work is a good starting point in selecting the right person for the job.
The Joint Industry Grading Scheme is based on assessment of a portfolio of ‘on the job’ evidence compiled by members and verified by existing practitioners responsible for supervising that work. This portfolio is assessed by a committee of practitioners and employee representatives, among these Safety specialists, to ensure it satisfies the requirements of the scheme. Grading is dependant on the provision of sufficient quality of evidence across a specified amount of work.
Whilst membership of the scheme is a good starting point you should always ensure that the person you select has the appropriate competence for the specific work you want them to undertake, that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is conducted and that safety performance is monitored.