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Electrical safety training is a requirement, get yours today

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What is electrical safety training and why does your organisation need it?

Any electrical system has the potential to cause harm particularly in the workplace. Common injuries sustained due to electrical current include electrocution (which could be fatal), burns, electric shock and falls. To prevent such injuries and to ensure the safety of workers, companies that carry out projects that involve the process of electricity generation, installation and distribution must undergo electrical safety training. This is not only to minimise or totally avoid untoward incidents but also because the law requires it. Failure to comply with electrical safety requirements is a criminal offence in Australia and workers risk having their license suspended or cancelled for non-compliance. When in need of electrical safety training for your employees, you can count on James Technologies. Not only are we a registered training organisation but we’re also a licensed electrical contractor.

Why electrical safety training is required for all Queensland electrical workers acting as Safety Observers?

Before we talk about why electrical safety training is required for electrical workers, let us first explain what a Safety Observer does. A Safety Observer’s tasked is to observe the performance of any type of electrical work; they have the needed skills to help the electrical contractor performing the electrical work and have been assessed in the last twelve months to be competent in providing resuscitation.

Now that you know what it takes to be a Safety Observer, let us now discuss why electrical contractors require them.

Safety should be the number one priority in any workplace. The state of Queensland requires a person to act as a safety observer for electrical work to avoid untoward incident in the workplace. This person must be competent to implement control measures and must have the necessary skills and qualifications to rescue and resuscitate the worker carrying out the electrical work should accident takes place. Safety observers are assessed every twelve months to establish their competence. However, if they undergo and pass extensive rescue and resuscitation training, they are allowed by the state to act as safety observers for one year without further assessment of their competence.

Electrical Safety Courses available to you

James Technologies offers electrical safety training courses required by all QLD electrical workers acting as Safety Observers, these include:

  1. Perform rescue from a live LV panel – This is a competency standard unit that specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a live LV panel and how they are applied in the context of rail work, distribution, or transmission functions. It also covers rescue procedures and how they are performed. It encompasses responsibilities for safety, health and risk management processes at all operative levels. On completion of this unit, students will have acquired the skills needed to assess electrical situations, identify ways to protect themselves and others from being electrocuted and rescue electrocuted person without putting themselves and others in danger.
  2. Perform CPR – This training aims to help students acquire life-saving skills from the experts. Through this, they are able to effectively respond to cardiac or breathing emergencies until medical personnel can take over. This training covers important life-saving techniques; from assessing the needs of the victim to making decision when choosing the best care. To act as a Safety Observer, CPR training should be kept current (renewed every twelve months). This comprehensive training offers scenario-based, hands-on training to provide you with the needed skills to help sustain life, minimise the consequences of injury and reduce pain while waiting for medical professionals.

These courses, which are both offered by James Technologies, are usually completed in about four hours and can be completed in your workplace. For more information visit our Electrical Safety Courses page.

Conclusion:

It doesn’t matter if you’re working with in-house electricians or you’re a labour hire recruitment company that provides the services of electricians to different organisations – it is still crucial that you make sure that your employees receive the required electrical safety training. This not only ensures safety in the workplace, but it also ensures that any injured parties will receive crucial first aid while waiting for medical professionals.

Here at James Technologies, we offer two electrical safety training courses to meet the Qld Electrical Safety Regulations 2002: Perform rescue from a live LV panel and Perform CPR to help you meet your training and licensing requirements. James Technologies, who proudly priorities safety, is now accept bookings for training for your staff. Simply call us at 1 300 732 881 and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

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Questions to ask a labour hire recruitment company

Labour hire, as you may already know, is the term used in Australia when outsourcing both skilled and unskilled workers for short or long-term positions. If you’re looking for tradesman and technicians, among others, for projects that are related to mining labour, oil & gas labour, and civil & construction labour, then it’s best to hire labour hire recruitment company just like James Technologies. Here, we specialise in providing licensed and qualified professionals for mining, refining, electrical supply and distribution, building, construction and gas & oil industries.

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As the director of one of the leading labour hire recruitment companies in Australia, I’ve worked with hundreds of companies over the years and there are centrally questions you can ask to a recruitment company to help you decide which to rely on.

So, the questions that you need to ask before you sign a contract are the following:

  1. Do you provide a safe working environment? In any type of project, be it in mining or building construction, the workers safety should be the labour hire recruitment company’s top priority. When you’re in the process of hiring one, ask if they understand and comply with health and safety standards. These apply not only to internal employees but also to contractors, recruitment consultants and labour hire contractors and employees. If the company you hire does not comply with health and safety obligations and responsibilities, you, as the host organisation may be liable for accidents and there are significant penalties and liabilities that you’ll face for non-compliance.
  2. Do you conduct on-site assessment? If the company is willing to accept your project without conducting on-site assessment, it may mean two things: first, they do not have a qualified assessor for such task or second, they do not have an understanding of their H&S obligation. Either way, it’s not a good sign for their business and you shouldn’t hire them.
  3. Are there effective communication practice in place for notification of absences and performance issues? Several issues in the workplace including delays can be prevented by simply having an effective communication protocol between your organisation and the labour hire organisation. If they don’t have an established communication practice for key issues that may arise (which may affect the delivery time and the quality of the end result) it may suggest that they are a relatively new business or have not handled several similar projects before. This means that they may not have the needed experience and expertise to provide you with the end result that you’re looking for.
  4. Does your company use employment agreements that cover the fundamentals of employment relationship? Any project should begin with a contract which covers the fundamentals of the project and the employment relationship between you and the labour hire organisation. This agreement is typically used to settle issues even before they can lead to a problem. It also covers the specifics of the project, the budget, and the delivery time. Should the labour hire organisation fail to deliver what was written in the contract, they will be held liable and may face penalties including paybacks.
  5. Are you going to deal with workers’ discipline, management and dismissal? As the company employing the labour hire organisation, you are the end user and you are not responsible for workers’ discipline and dismissal. Where possible, any issues related to workers’ placement, pay, discipline, management, and dismissal should be dealt by their employer. The labour hire organisation will also be responsible in making sure that employees’ absences and/or dismissal will not affect the project and its delivery time.
  6. Will you provide the minimum terms and conditions of employment? Will you discuss any obligations you must uphold? This means that they will outline penalties, overtime and other rates that are applicable to labour hire contractors. Keep in mind that labour hire organisations that offer you a flat rate regardless of type of work may not be following applicable laws.

Conclusion:

Looking for the best labour hire recruitment company that offers tradesman and technicians for mining, refining, electrical supply & distribution, building, construction and gas & oil industries can be difficult. However, by asking the questions outlined above, you can make the process a lot easier. In addition, these questions will help you make smart choices. Save time searching the right organisation and know you’ve made the right decision by employing James Technologies – an ethical labour hire recruitment company that is more than happy to answer any and all your questions about labour hire. For more information visit out Labour Hire page or Contact us for any questions you may have.

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