Wormald highlights the importance of fire safety training

By: Wormald  02-Jul-2012
Keywords: Fire Protection, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Equipment

The hazardous nature and typical remoteness of mining operations makes extra vigilance in preventing and preparing for fires an ethical, financial and regulatory necessity. For this reason workers at all levels within mining organisations should maintain high skill levels in their emergency response capabilities.

“Training is a critical element of fire safety planning and is particularly important in high risk industries such as mining. It is vital that all staff know what to do in the event of a fire,” said Tony Jones, with Wormald. “Training helps organisations develop effective plans and procedures which can be readily executed if there is a fire. Knowing how to use the correct fire protection equipment means that staff should be able to confidently manage an emergency situation.”

Training is one Wormald’s most critical services and the company has delivered fire safety training courses at many of Australia’s leading mines. For example, the Wormald team conducted fire safety awareness training at Xstrata Coal Glendell Mine in New South Wales where participating staff were taught how to adopt the correct procedures upon discovering a fire; how to identify different types of fire equipment on the site and how to use the fire equipment correctly; how to determine the class of fire and select the correct equipment for each.

Wormald is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and offers a range of fire safety courses suitable for the mining industry:

1. Confined Space Entry Training
Wormald’s Confined Space Entry Training equips authorised employees with the knowledge and skills required to safely enter and operate in confined spaces, avoiding exposure to hazardous substances, flammable or explosive conditions and addressing other safety or health issues.

In NSW and ACT, Wormald offers a mobile training facility which brings confined space safety and rescue training to life. The fully-equipped trailer allows trainees to experience the realities of accessing and working in enclosed spaces, and even participate in mock emergency scenarios and rescues. A refresher of the Confined Space Entry Training is required every two years and Wormald offers a Refresher Training option to help participants comply with this requirement.

2. Breathing Apparatus (BA) Training
The nationally accredited Breathing Apparatus course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) in the workplace. With no prerequisites, the course covers topics including checking and operating breathing apparatus, and responding to incidents requiring breathing apparatus to be worn. Renewal of the Breathing Apparatus Training is required every two years and Wormald’s Refresher Training option provides a high level summary of what is taught in the full training session.

3. Fire Extinguisher Training
Fire Extinguisher Training is an essential element of fire safety in the workplace. Wormald offers a combination of theory and practical training which educates participants about the relevance of state fire safety regulations and provides the opportunity to develop operational techniques when using fire equipment in the workplace. A nationally recognised training version of the course is available for those employees who may need an Australia-wide accredited qualification.

4. Lay Flat Hose Training
The Lay Flat Hose Training is tailored to suit staff that is part of an Emergency Response Team (ERT) and aims to train occupants on how to contain large fires until emergency services arrive. Conducted on location, the course uses the specific equipment available to workers on site so they can be confident and familiar with the very tools they will use. Topics include the number of people needed to operate each size of hose, the different types of hydrants and hose lengths, as well as maintenance and hazards of which to be aware.

For further details or to speak to a Wormald representative call 133 166 or visit www.wormald.com.au/training.

Keywords: Breathing Apparatus, Fire & Safety, Fire Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels, Fire Protection, Fire Safety Training, Fire Training, Hose Reels, Portable & Mobile Fire Extinguishers

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