It seems only moments since last vintage was completed, but already we are turning our attention to the 2020 vintage.
For production workers in wineries
who have to enter tanks and similar areas, receiving the proper training for working in confined spaces is essential.
Every year, workers are killed or injured in confined space incidents.
Confined Spaces can be very unpredictable areas to work in if the proper precautions and preparations are not taken. There are many hazards which can exist in confined spaces, mainly, but not limited to, atmosphere changes. The atmosphere can be unsafe for humans due to contamination from the process, left overs, chemicals and reactions, such as high levels of CO2 (carbon dioxide), H2S (hydrogen sulphide), LEL's (flammable gases/spirit) and most importantly the effect these can have on the level of O2 (oxygen levels).
Understanding how to identify hazards, risk assess and plan a confined space entry effectively, to eliminate, reduce or control hazards, operate a permit system and to correctly use atmosphere monitoring equipment is vital to ensuring everyone gets to go home safe.
MSS have specialised in Nationally Acreditted Winery Confined Space Entry & Breathing Apparatus training over the last 10 years, in wineries in the Riverina, Barossa, Clare and Riverland wine regions, understand the specific issues involved, apply a practical approach to training and getting the job done safely.
New WHS regulations point to the need for each site to have its own emergency response plan, planned and worked out in advance and rehearsed regularly. These plans should not necessarily rely on the public emergency services. MSS can provide simple, insightful methods for achieving this with your own personnel and equipment. Ask us for more details.
As you may imagine, the period through November-March can get pretty busy, so early bookings are essential.
In addition to on site training, we also have open enrolment style training at our training centre near Parafield Airport. Check availability above.
You can also visit our training pages to find further information.