There are many things that make me smile when it comes to the service we provide owner builders, but one of the greatest kicks I get is when I am told how the lessons learnt and skills gained are put to great use in another unrelated area of an owner builders life.
Today I got a call from a current owner builder student who was excited to tell me how the Work Health and Safety knowledge gained during his owner builder course influenced actions taken in his workplace.
For those of you in South East Queensland, you will know that we are experiencing a bit of a heat wave here at present with temps in the high 30's and relative humidity around the 90% mark. Pretty uncomfortable!
Not only uncomfortable, but potentially extremely dangerous for workers out in the field.
This owner builder student had recognised some of the heat mitigating strategies and identified an appropriate way of communicating the fluid and Uv protection requirements for himself and his team to the relevant supervisors and managers.
What has resulted is an effective mitigation strategy being developed and implemented which can be as simple as a esky of cold water, wide brimmed hats, sunscreen and worker awareness and education.
None of this is mind blowing or earth shattering, however many times it is a simple prompt that is required to achieve a safe outcome for all.
This is not the only area where the owner builder student is adapting skills and knowledge from the owner builder course, he also informed me of how he is creating better excel spreadsheets and word docs as a result of his studies with us.
The WHS example was important and relevant right now.
For those of you that are interested, this owner builder student is out in the Broadwater and Moreton Bay estuaries at present, working with crustaceans in an attempt to stop the spread of White Spot in our crabs and prawn population.
I guess the lesson here and the point I want to make is keep your eyes and your minds open and you will find enormous benefit from the knowledge and skills developed during your owner builder studies that will in all likelihood be of benefit to you across a range of endeavours and undertakings.
Best Regards and as always,
Happy Owner Building,
Rick Heaton is a Building and Construction Industry professional with formal tertiary qualifications in management and training.