Construction, Manufacturing and Mining Blog

WAM Training provides referenced position papers via blogs about Training, Worksite Culture and Safety for the Construction, Manufacturing and Mining sectors – check them out below.

Thumbs Up From Police On COVID Compliance

SAVE 33% in our Permitted Worker Permit Sale For a short time only, we're discounting ALL NEW BOOKINGS by a MASSIVE 33% for all workers who hold a permitted worker permit and who's employer declares that their training is necessary for health and safety purposes.WAM Training Welcomes Police Victoria Early this morning, news outlets published articles on Police Victoria's covid compliance blitz and a shake-up set to hit Melbourne's construction industry. So it was no surprise when several police cars arrived at WAM Training at 10:00am today. Members of Victoria Police requested and reviewed our CovidSafe Plan, Emergency Management Plan and Evacuation Plan prior to using a laser to measure each of our classrooms and common areas to check the accuracy of our room occupancy limits. The Constables expressed that they were impressed to see that WAM Training had gone above and beyond in our implementation of additional covid-safe measures such as daily temperature checking and having a...

Controlling Deadly Height Safety Risks

The Height Safety Death Trap COVID-19 has taught us all that we can make unilateral changes to the way we do things as a society and change quickly. Perhaps the notion that to effect cultural change within a business can take as long as 2 years can be reconsidered to improve height safety on all work sites. I suspect we all can adapt quicker than we ever thought we could. But why can't we rapidly change the mindset of workers in an effort to finally have a massive reduction in the numbers of Australians who are injured or killed as a result of falls from height? After all, the number of fatalities resulting from unsafe work at height represents 20% of all total workplace deaths since 2003 (close to one death per week). What counts as a working at height fatality statistic? Simply put, the stats count deaths resulting from a fall from a height whilst working or if you are hit by a falling object whilst working. We all know that if we have an increased focus on height safety that all...

COVID-19 Update – Permitted Worker Permits Required for Training

To Our Customers, Melbourne's lockdown has been extended by two more weeks, with some restrictions being further tightened. Permitted Worker Permits Having examined the new rules, we have determined that we can conduct the following course types only for holders of permitted worker permits: High Risk Work Licence Courses (I.e. DG, LF and WP) Construction Induction Courses (I.e. White Card) First aid courses provided that the first aid training is part of a covid response Courses associated with High Risk Work as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, which includes courses pertaining to: Confined spaces Plant operation Prevention of falls Working near electrical installations Working on or adjacent to a roadway Declaration We will be emailing everyone who already has a booking during the lockdown, as well as anyone who makes a new booking, requesting that they complete a declaration stating that: The attendees will have a permitted worker permit; That the...

COVID-19 Update – Extension of Lockdown

To Our Customers, As I'm sure you're all aware, lockdown has been extended through until 11:59pm on Thursday 19th August. Between now and the lifting of lockdown, we will only be conducting: High Risk Work Licence Courses (I.e. DG, LF and WP) Construction Induction Courses (I.e. White Card) This is in accordance with advice re-confirmed today directly with Business Victoria. If attending WAM Training, please don't forget: Wear your mask Check in using our QR code Maintain your distance from others Stay home if you're not feeling 100% If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan General Manager WAM Training (RTO 22054)

COVID-19 Update – Back in Lockdown

To Our Customers, With lockdown having commenced at 8:00pm last night, WAM Training has postponed a number of courses that were scheduled to commence. Between now and the lifting of lockdown (currently scheduled for end-of-day on Thursday 12th August), we will only be conducting: High Risk Work Licence Courses (I.e. DG, LF and WP) Construction Induction Courses (I.e. White Card) If attending WAM Training, please don't forget: Wear your mask Check in using our QR code Maintain your distance from others Stay home if you're not feeling 100% If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan General Manager WAM Training (RTO 22054)

COVID-19 Update – Training Lockdown Lifted

To Our Customers, The Victorian Government has announced that lockdown is to be lifted from 11:59pm tonight (noting that there are still some restrictions in place, predominantly around visitors to our homes and mass public gatherings like at the footy). This is just a short blog to let you know we're back baby. We're looking forward to resuming training, seeing your friendly faces and getting back into the swing of things. Please don't forget: Wear your mask Check in using our QR code Maintain your distance from others Stay home if you're not feeling 100% Well done Victoria. If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan General Manager WAM Training (RTO 22054)

COVID-19 Update – Lockdown 5 Extended

Hi Everyone, As many predicted, lockdown has been extended. Earlier today, the Victorian Government announced that we will come out of lockdown at 11:59pm on Tuesday 27th July. We're reaching out directly to all immediately impacted customers, noting that only the following training will be conducted during the lockdown: High-Risk Work Licenses (DG, LF and WP) Construction Induction (White Card) If you didn't catch my last post, here's the rules that apply to adult education. I know it might be a bit boring, but please have a close read before sending your staff to any form of training over the next few days. [T]he conduct of essential adult education services pertaining to the following occupations and activities for: training and assessment for infection control, high-risk work licenses and high-risk work credentials and construction induction (white card), that ensure workplace and public safety in permitted work premises or for permitted workers; or study for final year...

COVID-19 Update – Lockdown 5.0

Deja Vu anyone? Victoria enters Lockdown 5.0 from 11:59pm tonight until 11:59pm on Tuesday 20th July (we hope!). Check out the Statement from the Premier on Dan Andrew's Twitter Feed here. The advice for this lockdown is the same as last time - RTO's are incredibly limited in terms of what training is allowed to proceed. In WAM Training's operations (the same applying to all RTO's in our sector), we are only permitted to proceed with the following course categories: high-risk work licenses construction induction (white card) Here's the rules that apply to adult education. I know it might be a bit boring, but please have a close read before sending your staff to any form of training over the next few days. [T]he conduct of essential adult education services pertaining to the following occupations and activities for: training and assessment for infection control, high-risk work licenses and high-risk work credentials and construction induction (white card), that ensure workplace and...

COVID-19 Update – We’re Back, Baby!

That's right. We're back to (COVID) normal from 11:59pm on Thursday 10th June onwards.  As much as we're keen as mustard to recommence, we thought we'd wait until Friday morning to kick things off again. You'll notice one minor change at our Laverton North Training Facility - Mandatory QR Code Check-In. In line with Government directives, you'll see QR Code Check-In posters prominently displayed at all of our building entrances. Please be sure to check-in to help keep everyone safe (and don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not sure how to use it)!via GIPHYA friendly reminder:Please be sure to bring your facemask and wear it before coming insideWe'll be temperature checking all trainees upon arrivalStay home if you're unwell or meant to be isolatingDon't forget social distancing - keep 1.5m away from others We're really looking forward to seeing you.If you require further information or assistance, please call our office on 1800 143 343. All the best, Aaron Monaghan General...

COVID-19 Update – Melbourne’s Lockdown Extended

Whilst I'd hoped to not be writing this post, I can't say I'm surprised. Melbourne's circuit breaker restrictions have been extended by a further 7 days, now forecast to be gradually lifted from 11:59pm Thursday 10th of June. WAM Training has received advice directly from Business Victoria and the Department of Education - both confirming that face-to-face vocational training is not allowed to occur during the extension, with the following exceptions: high-risk work licenses construction induction (white card) We are in the process of contacting all of our customers who have training scheduled during the extension. If you haven't heard from us yet - sit tight, we'll be in touch very soon. Whilst googling profusely to find the official rules as published by the Premier's Office, I couldn't help but notice that several RTO's throughout Melbourne continue to offer their entire suite of courses face-to-face. Let's hope that we don't see further outbreaks as a result of failure to follow...

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