The SGS Academy in Australia currently delivers Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) training to employees of one of Australia’s largest coal fired power stations.

The majority of the training is delivered on-site at the power station, and courses include work safely at heights, confined space entry, low voltage rescue and first aid training, including Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Due to the practical components of the heights and confined space training, the client designed and built a heights and confined space apparatus which closely matches the confined space work environment on-site and, as with all on-site WHS training, SGS conducted a thorough Risk Assessment of the site prior to the delivery of training.

In early 2016 employees at the power station undertook first aid and CPR training. This was delivered on-site by a highly experienced SGS trainer/assessor. First aid training covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide fist aid response to a casualty.

Several weeks after this training was completed, an employee suffered a heart attack on-site in the company’s cafeteria. Two employees, who rendered assistance, had participated in the first aid and CPR training course delivered by SGS. As a result they were able to stabilize the casualty and sustain his health until an ambulance arrived on-site.

The maintenance trainer from the power station contacted SGS directly, and advised that if training had not been provided to their employees prior to this incident, then the outcome of this emergency may have been different. The client praised the training delivery, particularly the fact that their employees were able to confidently manage an emergency where life saving techniques were required.