Specialist provider of fire safety equipment and training, Wormald emphasises the need to be extra vigilant in fire prevention and preparedness, considering the hazardous nature and typical remoteness of mining operations.

According to Wormald, this vigilance is an ethical, financial and regulatory necessity, which requires workers at all levels within mining organisations to maintain high skill levels in their emergency response capabilities.

Wormald’s Tony Jones explains that training is a critical element of fire safety planning and particularly important in high risk industries such as mining. Training helps organisations develop effective plans and procedures, which can be readily executed in the event of a fire. Staff will also be able to better respond to and manage an emergency situation if they know how to use the correct fire protection equipment.

Wormald has delivered several fire safety training courses at many of Australia’s leading mines including the Xstrata Coal Glendell Mine in New South Wales where the Wormald team taught participating staff how to adopt the correct procedures upon discovering a fire, how to identify different types of fire equipment on the site, how to use the fire equipment correctly as well as how to determine the class of fire and select the correct equipment.

Wormald is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and offers a range of fire safety courses suitable for the mining industry.

Confined Space Entry Training

Designed to equip authorised employees with the knowledge and skills required to safely enter and operate in confined spaces, Wormald’s Confined Space Entry Training course also instructs staff on avoiding exposure to hazardous substances and flammable or explosive conditions in addition to addressing various safety or health issues.

A mobile training facility offered by Wormald in NSW and ACT uses a fully-equipped trailer to enable trainees to experience the realities of accessing and working in enclosed spaces, and even participate in mock emergency scenarios and rescues. Wormald also provides a refresher of the Confined Space Entry Training course, which is required every two years.

Breathing Apparatus (BA) Training

The nationally accredited Breathing Apparatus course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) in the workplace. Course topics include checking and operating breathing apparatus, and responding to incidents requiring breathing apparatus.

Wormald’s Refresher Training option meets the renewal requirement every two years.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher Training is an essential element of fire safety in the workplace. Wormald offers a combination of theory and practical training, which educates participants about the relevance of state fire safety regulations and provides the opportunity to develop operational techniques when using fire equipment in the workplace.

A nationally recognised training version of the course is available for those employees who may need an Australia-wide accredited qualification.

Lay Flat Hose Training

Tailored for employees who are part of an Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Lay Flat Hose Training course aims to train occupants on how to contain large fires until emergency services arrive. Conducted on location, the course uses the specific equipment available to workers on site so they can be confident and familiar with the very tools they will use.

Topics include the number of people needed to operate each size of hose, the different types of hydrants and hose lengths, as well as maintenance and hazards of the equipment.