The person responsible for a trainee who carries out pest management technician (PMT) work or fumigation work or the trainee's supervisor is required (under clause 8B of the Pesticides Regulation 2009) to ensure the trainee keeps and maintains a record of training (e.g. a logbook).
The person responsible for a trainee can only be a supervisor of a trainee if they hold a current PMT or fumigator licence. Where a person responsible for a trainee does not hold a PMT or fumigator licence then they must appoint a company employee with a current PMT or fumigator licence to be the supervisor of the trainee.
A record of training is different to a pesticide application record, and must contain the following information:
- name and address of the trainee
- name and address of each employer for whom the trainee does that work
- name of each person who supervises the trainee while the trainee is doing that work
- description of that work as it is actually carried out by the trainee in the course of training
- a record of the dates on which that work was done.
All trainees must be directly supervised by the supervisor. Where a trainee has been deemed competent for the work they are carrying out at a work site, the person responsible for a trainee or their supervisor can provide a lesser degree of supervision (e.g. indirect) if they are satisfied that the work being carried out by the trainee would not endanger the health and safety of the trainee or any other person.
A trainee must receive from the supervisor directions, demonstrations, training and monitoring appropriate to the PMT or fumigation work being carried out by the trainee. Immediate remedial action must be taken in the event of an emergency that arises from the trainee failing to competently carry out their work.
A supervisor must check the record on each date on which the work is carried out by the trainee. If satisfied that the record is correct, the supervisor must sign the record on that date, or if not satisfied, must make a note as to why.