Owner Builder Transferable Skills
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,
Its bloody hot here today as well. 40 degrees in the upper Blue Mountains (Its meant to be cool up here).
As a Brit who when I came here 10years ago I was glad to get away from wearing 4 layers of clothes at work in the freezing cold and I loved the sun. However, now I spend all my time avoiding it and dehydration. Typical whinging pom.
there are a lot of unexpected skills I have learnt from this course that I have and will be implementing in my trade and in life in general.
I found the WHS content of the course a good refresher in what is required, I have worked in the construction and mining industry for a while now and I was surprised how a most of the principles that we adhere to on work sites are applicable to the general building trades. The reason for this is the practices that I have seen on some building sites in the past.
I have worked in the building industry for a long time and have learnt so many new skills particularly surrounding WHS that I have not considered and have now been able to implement into my business
I have worked on many major work sites around Sydney, but I've never been aware of just how many regulations need to be addressed on a daily basis.
Although I have never worked in the building industry , it is very similar WHS & OHS & first aid I used as a mines rescue officer in a coal mine . A consistent reporting system is a highlight of my learning today .
Enjoyed the White Card section of the course. Have been in the industry all my life since 1962. Over the past 30 years have been in a voluntary role caring for overseas projects where there were/are very few safety standards and trying to educate locals has been an experience. (The collapse of the stock exchange floor in Jakarta was no surprise) I have honed many skills for my own use now that I want to do a small extension on my home. Thanks for the high quality course. Ben
It's been an interesting learning curve for me to have more in depth education on WHS, reading plans and making sure things are organised.
I have found the WHS component of this course very educational as I have done some OHS training in the past for work but unfortunately back then it seemed it was done just for the sake of doing a course and ticking the box for the company I worked for, The company I currently work for is much more WHS focused and doing this course has shown me that I need to be more involved in making our work place safer for us all.
Online course good option for White card and Owner builders
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Rick Heaton is a Building and Construction Industry professional with formal tertiary qualifications in management and training.