The seventh annual LearnX Impact Awards were held this month, and AlertForce has scored Gold in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) category for the third year running. The acknowledgement this year was offered to AlertForce for their work with the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN).

AlertForce's latest offering, the NBN Safety and Awareness Course, took home the top OHS prize in the Asia Pacific region this year. Previous years saw AlertForce awarded for the successful LexisNexis Online Training – work health and safety (WHS) modules (2013) and the OHS award and Environmental Gold winner in conjunction with Carbon Training International in 2012.

"Our courses allow people to learn at their own pace in a convenient and cost effective way. We will continue to provide the "Gold standard" of OHS training courses," AlertForce Founder Brendan Torazzi said.

The annual LearnX Impact Awards are run by not-for-profit organisation, LearnX Foundation. This event is designed to recognise and acknowledge the top workforce learning and professional development initiatives across the Asia Pacific.

The NBN network in Australia

Launched in August 2009, the NBN Co is a Commonwealth company founded to represent the government's commitment to delivering a national open-access broadband network to all Australians by 2021.

Over the past five years, the NBN network has been slowly rolling out across the country, with employees working hard to connect cities, towns and regional communities to the broadband system.

While fixed line connections are being installed in the majority of Australian households, remote and rural areas are expected to be given access to foxed wireless and satellite connections. 

After various OHS instances, such as the discovery of asbestos across many work sites, the NBN Co developed its compulsory training requirements. All individuals involved with the project are contracted to undertake specific training in NBN safety and awareness. The compulsory courses include:

  • NBN safety and awareness
  • Elevated work platform rescue
  • Power awareness
  • Remove non-friable asbestos
  • Supervise asbestos removal training

AlertForce offers not only the NBN safety and awareness course, but can also provide asbestos removal training and a vast range of other OHS-relevant courses.

"At NBN Co ensuring the safety of communities, the environment and our workers is the most important job we have and one of our core values.  We are dedicated to building a culture of excellence in safety and continually improving safety practices to meet the best standards in the industry," the NBN Co safety statement explains.

About the award-winning NBN program

AlertForce is Australia's only online provider of the compulsory NBN Safety and Awareness Course. The company has also been named as the approved face-to-face training provider for the NBN Co.

As an official provider of this important mandatory course, AlertForce has designed a comprehensive curriculum to ensure that this induction training prepares individuals for the specific requirements of working in the NBN sector.

The NBN Safety and Awareness program is tailored to address the OHS hazards and risks present in this industry, to ensure workers are trained in the necessary theoretical and practical skills. All personnel hauling, installing or connecting NBN fibre optic cable, conducting excavations or holding direct responsibility over any NBN-related work site is expected to undergo the mandatory training and earn this qualification before beginning work in this sector.

The course is designed to act as an induction into the hazards and risks present in the NBN sector. This includes the adoption of minimum WHS standards and CPR training. Additional topics in the training also include traffic management, confined spaces, asbestos awareness, laser safety and fibre optic cable handling.

Upon completing the course, participants will have gained the ability to explain the purpose of the NBN project, identify their role in the execution of the NBN rollout and assess and respond to workplace hazards and risks. This will involve the process of hazard control and mitigation, understanding WHS requirements and completing adequate reports on the workplace risks and environmental issues.

Whether individuals decide to access the NBN safety and awareness course face-to-face or online, the training can completed in just one day. The in-person option consists of a day-long program featuring the use of iPads and educator interaction, while the online course can be completed in a four-hour period.

Through the use of quizzes, videos and other innovative training features, the AlertForce NBN blended training system is designed to encourage engagement and effective learning outcomes among adults.

Minimising the risk of accidents, injuries and deaths in workplaces across Australia is the number one priority at AlertForce, and the NBN safety and awareness program supports this goal. For more information on this course, or to start your training today, get in touch with the team at AlertForce.

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