Ammonia Emergency Management Training

RWTA is pleased to announce that Industry Engagement has commenced with the Cold Storage sector and associated companies to create a committee for Ammonia Emergency Management Training to be developed.

To date there have been meetings held monthly since February 2018 to discuss the progression of the HAZMAT and Ammonia Handling Training Pilot Program. This is being developed specifically for the Cold Storage sector and has since expanded into other areas as there is a safety requirement that has been lacking in the industry.

This is to become a Nationally Recognised Training Program that will include incident control; a developed and certified training program outcome available for national delivery. The RWTA is looking to achieve the attraction of the broadest experience base to create a quality training package that delivers mandatory safety requirements, cost and time practical to meet commercial expectations. RWTA has been pleased to have gathered an expanding group of specialists in their field gathered from cold storage companies, Fire and Emergency Services, industrial and commercial refrigeration companies, the inspectorate, the regulatory board, industrial chemical manufacturers, food manufacturers and others.

Points of Interest discussed as a preliminary;

• Prevention of spills and preparation on site

• Dealing with ammonia in a confined space

• Covering flammability, toxic content, hazards

• Specific training, emergency response and delivery through consultation and Industry engagement

• This is to be mandated and supported by the sector and emergency services

There is a plethora of information that needs to be condensed and separated into clear prerequisites; it is envisaged at this stage that there be a hands -on, practical held once every two years and a refresher annually. Industries that will find benefit in this course include Cold Storage, Food Handling Facilities, food production, food produce, agriculture, producers of Ammonia etc. People within these companies that will be encouraged to attend include Maintenance, Operations, Fire Wardens, Emergency Control, Operations, WHS Committees, Shift Teams; those who see value in safety and compliance.

For more information contact Marianne Kintzel on mariannek@rwta.com.au