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.

Dogging in Construction – 11 things you must know

Dogging work in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries is very common. However, many aspects of Dogging work are misunderstood. Here are the top 11 questions and answers in relation to Dogging work. What is dogging? Dogging work comprises any one the these 2 main Dogging activities, which are: The usage of slinging techniques to sling a load, including the selection and inspection of lifting gear Communicating with and the direction of a crane operator when a load is being moved and not in the operators view. How do I get a Dogman's licence? To get a dogging high risk work licence you need to complete training and assessment with a Registered Training Organisation. The nationally accredited Unit of Competency you must complete to get a dogging high risk work licence in Australia is CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging. What is a Dogging Licence? A Dogging licence is one class of a total of 29 High Risk Work Licence classes as defined by Safe Work Australia and...

Construction Induction – What You Need To Know

In case you've been wondering about White Cards, I've answered a few common questions below. What is a Construction Induction Card? All states and territories of Australia have OHS/WHS legislation requiring people who work on a construction site to have undergone Construction Induction Training against the Unit of Competency CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry. Some states allow you to complete this course online. However - most require that the course is completed face-to-face with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). In Victoria, RTO's must be approved by WorkSafe. Upon successful completion of the course, your details will be registered with WorkSafe by the RTO. WorkSafe will then issue your Construction Induction Card via Australia Post. What is considered to be Construction Work? Construction work is defined as any work performed in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair,...

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...

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