Dogging is the application of slinging techniques to transfer a load. It involves communicating with the hoist or crane operator and directing them on the right way to move the load when that load is not in the sight of the hoist or crane operator. Dogging also involves the choice and inspection of the lifting gear that will be used to move the load. Dogging, along with the related skills of scaffolding and rigging, is considered high risk work and requires the possession of a dogging licence before it can be legally undertaken.
How can you get a dogging licence?
Before undertaking any high risk work such as dogging, scaffolding, or rigging you will need to have your knowledge, skills, and training assessed by a registered training organisation (RTO). You will be assessed under realistic workplace conditions to ensure that you are capable of completing these tasks in a safe manner without endangering yourself or those with whom you are working.
To successfully pass the assessment and obtain your dogging licence you will probably need to complete a training course and demonstrate your competency in applying slinging techniques. You will also need to show that you possess a correct understanding of the process of selecting and inspecting lifting gear, and that you can accurately direct a hoist or crane operator as they move a load which is hidden from their view.
What similar tasks also require a high risk licence?
In addition to dogging you will also need a licence if you want to engage in any scaffolding or rigging work. Rigging work is anything that involves the assembling or disassembling of hoists or cranes and the use of mechanical loadshifting gear to place, secure or move a load with equipment, plant, or members of a building. Advanced rigging may include activities involving gin poles and shear legs, cableways and flying foxes, and guyed derricks.
Scaffolding work is considered high risk if it is possible for an object or person to fall more than four metres from the structure. A scaffolding licence would demonstrate your ability to work with cantilevered crane loading platforms, tube and coupler scaffolds, hung scaffolds, suspended scaffolds, and similar arrangements.
If you need to obtain a dogging licence or a licence for any other form of high risk work then talk to your local registered training organisation. They will be able to advise you when they will be running an appropriate training course, which will help you get the licence you need.