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GETinformed Issue 2

Let's re-evaluate our commitment to safety

Welcome to 2017 and the second issue of GETinformed. The start of a new year is an ideal and critical time to re-evaluate our commitment to the safety of our workers.

Leading into the Christmas holidays I mentioned the distractions that can hinder focus on safety while conducting work activities. Unfortunately, just two days before Christmas, one worker suffered significant injury when equipment he was unloading came in contact with 11,000 volt power lines.

In the months prior to this, a number of incidents involving overhead power lines caused two fatalities and left seven others seriously injured - and the Electrical Safety Office claims all could have been avoided.

Training, authorisation and supervision are critical when it comes to reducing the likelihood of workers inadvertently entering the exclusion zones and suffering life changing injuries. Safety management systems can only be effective when workers fully understand the content, and are encouraged and supported by their employers to follow the correct procedures.

Speaking of safety management systems, when was the last time you reviewed
your safety plan? When was the last time your workers were inducted or
re-inducted on the content of these plans? If your answer is “I’m not sure”
then now is the time.

Do not delay. The health and safety of your business, and your workers,
depends on it.

Stay safe.

Derek Green
Chief Executive Officer

Don’t get caught with your head in the sand

Most employers care about their workers and want to do the right thing to keep workers safe. But others are happy to operate with the false impression that if they don’t have any hazards identified on a list, and have a good record, then they don’t need to do anything more about health and safety.

Saying things like, “well so far we haven’t had anything serious happen, so ‘she’ll be right’”. But, she’ll not always be right, and sadly we have an increasing number of examples that show us when she’s not.

Businesses need to identify potential hazards and be proactive in managing the safety of their workers. The idea is to do something about it, before a situation arises, not after. Once there’s been an injury or an incident, it’s too late. Actively managing your safety is the only way to go.

Don’t get caught with your head in the sand.

Learn more about our safety management systems

There’s no time like the now

If you’ve thought about starting your own electrical contracting business, but you’ve not taken the plunge, now is the time.
We can deliver the training you need over 1-2 days to apply to become a Qualified Technical Person and/or Qualified Business Person on an electrical contractor licence.

Apply currency of safe working practices and compliance verification of electrical installations (QTP) (UEENEEG197A)
Learn about working safely, rescue procedures, applying emergency first aid, visual inspections and compliance testing, identifying non-compliance defects and mandatory reporting requirements.

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business (QBP) (BSBSMB401)
Learn how to operate a small business, use your analytical skills, interpret legislation and regulations and develop procedures to manage compliance.

This is your opportunity to take charge, become your own boss and feel the job satisfaction of running your own business.

Learn more about our electrical contractor licensing training

Our featured safety courses

We are a nationally recognised RTO delivering national units and industry specific courses to support workers who work across state borders or supply networks.

Register now for your CPR renewal, or your LVR, EWP or pole top rescue training. From only $79 and 2-4 hours per course, the investment is worth it.

Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker (UETTDREL14A)
This unit covers working safely up to the defined ‘safe approach distance’ for electrical and non-electrical workers, working near energised electrical apparatus including powerlines.

Electrical awareness for non-electrical workers (M320)
This course, commonly referred to as Authorised Person training, is approved by Energex and covers the safety issues related to the overhead supply network, and identifies voltage, conductors, cables and equipment, exclusion zones, safety hazards and control measures.

Learn more about our electrical safety and emergency preparedness courses

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