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James Technologies delivers sweet training results

James Technologies delivers sweet training results  

After working with Jamestech for more than five years, Wilmar Sugar, the largest raw sugar producer and refiner in Australia, recently turned to the labour, engineering and training specialists for a high voltage training plan.

Wilmar, formerly known as Sucrogen, has eight sugar mills in Queensland and, according to group electrical engineering manager Chris Pickering, the company needed to find a new training partner.

“Initially our training came from one of the regulated energy suppliers, however, a lot of these companies shut-down the service that they were offering for external parties,” he says.

Pickering says Wilmar first turned to other suppliers, but was unable to come up with a training package that he believed met their needs.

“What we found was happening was that the training standards that they were delivering were not specific to our equipment type,” he explains.

It was impossible to get a tailored package, with suppliers offering just a single solution regardless of what Wilmar’s individual needs were.

“The companies were reluctant to change and the other thing was that their costs were increasing to deliver the training,” he says.

That was when Jamestech came on to the scene. Pickering was familiar with the company after using labour hire services in the past, but worked with Ken Cryer at Jamestech to develop a tailored high voltage training solution

“He visited all our sites, talked to the relevant people and looked at the equipment which they had installed, which in many cases was different across the sites,” Pickering says.

“He then developed a package that was relevant, went to all of the sites and delivered the training.”

Jamestech managing director Darren Caulfield says the team develops and delivers tailored solutions because that is what a client requires.

“Every company is different, and every site is different,” he says.

“We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to training, so we make sure we take the time to develop and deliver a package that meets our clients needs. This helps keep employees safer at work.”

Pickering says that throughout the training process, Cryer gained the respect of the employees because of his knowledge about the topic.

“You can get people who train and then deliver information, or you can get people who can train and deliver information and actually understand what they’re delivering,” Pickering says.

“That’s certainly the case that we had.

“He gained the respect of the people, and they were quite comfortable that the information he was presenting was based on fact and experience gained.”

Another high point for Pickering is the fact that Wilmar now owns the training package developed by Jamestech.

“It was good pricing for the development and good pricing for the delivery, but also Ken gave us something that now sits on my desk – which is our training package that we now own,” he says.

“It wasn’t something that was developed by someone else who will continually charge us for the use of the information on a regular basis.”

Jamestech will be returning to the Wilmar sites next year to deliver the same high voltage training.

Jamestech Wilmar Sugar Endorsement FINAL“We will definitely be going back to them again next year to get them to deliver the same training on a rotational basis,” Pickering says.

Qld Work Health and Safety laws ammended

Passage of the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

On 3 April 2014, the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (amendment Act) was passed in the Queensland Parliament. The amendment Act will commence on proclamation which will occur at a date to be determined in the near future. Further advice will be provided when this occurs.

The amendment Act implements findings from the Queensland Government’s review of national model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws which commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012.

The amendment Act will amend legislation to:

  • require at least 24 hours, but no more than 14 days, prior notice by WHS entry permit holders before they can enter a workplace to inquire into a suspected contravention. This will align with other entry notification periods in the WHS Act and the Fair Work Act 2009
  • increase penalties for non-compliance with WHS entry permit conditions and introduce penalties for failure to comply with the entry notification requirements
  • require at least 24 hours, but no more than 14 days, prior notice before any person assisting a health and safety representative can have access to the workplace
  • remove the power of health and safety representatives to direct workers to cease unsafe work
  • remove the requirement under the WHS Act for a person conducting a business or undertaking to provide a list of health and safety representatives to the WHS regulator
  • allow for codes of practice adopted in Queensland to be approved, varied or revoked without requiring national consultation as currently required by the WHS Act
  • increase the maximum penalty that can be prescribed for offences in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 to 300 penalty units.

The Government is still finalising its response to other issues that were considered during the industry roundtable review of the WHS laws.

The amendment Act and explanatory notes will be available on the WHSQ website and the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website in the near future

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