Health, safety training offered to quarries

The South Australian Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee (MAQOHSC) is funding the Certificate IV course in Work Health and Safety. It will be delivered online to South Australian quarry workers over a 12-month period starting at the end of this month. Some face to face training assistance can also be provided, if necessary.

Entrants that finish the course will receive a qualification at the completion of study.

It is hoped that making the course available on the internet will offer flexibility in learning options and ensure workers in rural and remote regions of South Australia will also have access to the training.

The course is broken down into core units which cover areas such as hazard identification, risk assessment, risk control, implementing and maintaining work health and safety management systems and assisting with the response to incidents.

There are also elective units that include implementation of workplace emergency prevention procedures and incident investigation.
“This will make training fully accessible to people who do not hold a qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold,” MAQOHSC executive officer Leonie Caldarelli said.

“Numerous advantages can be gained in upskilling qualifications, it allows participants to increase workplace productivity and provide greater job satisfaction, and could also lead to career advancement.”

The course has limited availability and only stakeholders or workers within the mining and quarry sectors of South Australia are eligible. For further information, visit the MAQOHSC website.

MAQOHSC’s remit includes supporting and promoting safety and hygiene best practices, and preventing injury, death and occupational related dust diseases such as silicosis in all South Australian mines and quarries.

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