Posted on January 5, 2018
Recently, Multiplex invited leading Australian organisations GBAR and Coffey, who provide world-class environmental safety solutions and hazardous material remediation services, to help train their workforce in NSW. The result was a unique and highly effective training course that helped to educate and train their tradesmen and tradeswomen about safely dealing with hazardous materials.
The development of this program was a result of Multiplex identifying a need to educate their younger trade workers about hazardous materials, and did so by setting up a two-part training program.
Multiplex invited Coffey and GBAR to help construct a program and facilitate the training to bring about awareness to trade workers about the dangers of asbestos and lead paint, for which Coffey generously provided a comprehensive program.
The training, which took place with assistance of GBAR, enabled Multiplex’s employees to join a two-part program in a classroom setting in which the theory of asbestos-containing materials, lead paint, and dust was taught, discussed, and explored. The training also explained how these products were used in the past, and what actions current regulations and codes of practice specify when these types of materials are encountered on site.
The second part of the program was presented by GBAR. It comprised of a venue that was creatively set up to serve as an example of a typical asbestos work area, which is also called an enclosure or bubble. The room contained historical information about asbestos and lead-containing products, which helped the trainees get a firm grasp on the realities of dealing with these materials safely and responsibly. During the second session, copies of the current Acts, Regulations, and Codes applicable to these materials were also made available.
The construction industry was given this unique opportunity to learn precisely how to identify these hazardous materials, and how to remove them safely. Through this theoretical and practical half-day program, participants left with a much better understanding of the industry’s regulations and safety measures, as well as the necessary attention they must pay to dealing with asbestos and lead paint.
By providing this training, Multiplex was successful in its objectives to continue driving their focus on safety, whilst minimising any exposure risk to any of their staff, sub-contractors, or members of the public.
Multiplex expressed their due thanks to Coffey and GBAR for their expert input and advice.