Fire training imperative for the quarrying industry

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

Fires and explosions on quarry sites are an everyday risk. However, comprehensive emergency response training and planning reduces the number of serious fire incidents and injuries by both preventing fires in the first place and responding quickly if they do occur.
Wormald is one of Australasia?s leading providers of fire protection solutions and fire training is one of the company?s most critical services. The training courses it delivers to the quarrying industry include fire extinguisher training, breathing apparatus, confined space entry, and first aid.

Fire extinguisher training is at the crux 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 employees who may need an Australia-wide accredited qualification. The course is available in NSW, Queensland, SA, the NT, Victoria and Tasmania.

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 one day 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. The course is available in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, SA and the NT.

Wormald?s two day confined space entry training equips authorised employees with the knowledge and skills to safely enter and operate in confined spaces, avoiding exposure to hazardous substances, flammable or explosive conditions and addressing other safety or health issues.

Recognising that finding a suitable confined space training area can be difficult and attending an off-site session can be impractical for regional offices, Wormald?s mobile training facility 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 training session is also available to help participants comply with the requirement to update their knowledge every two years. The course is available in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

This comprehensive yet straightforward one day first aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide care for the ill or injured until medical help arrives. It is suitable for first aid officers as well as any other person who may need to render first aid, and meets State OHS regulations and WorkCover requirements. Topics covered include assessment of the scene and incident, basic life support, and management of external and internal bleeding. Wormald can also provide advanced resuscitation training.  

For further details or to speak to a Wormald representative, telephone 133 166 or visit

Source: Wormald Australia/Write Away Communications + Events

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