Training Roadshow – Carbon Monoxide Safety Program

Training roadshow will prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

A STATEWIDE program to enhance the skills of plumbers who install and service gas heaters, ensuring households are not at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning will be conducted across Victoria during August.

The Victorian Building Authority, along with Energy Safe Victoria and Master Plumbers, will host a series of training sessions providing expert advice to registered and licensed gasfitters and Type A servicing plumbers on the latest techniques to accurately test for carbon monoxide (CO) spillage and identify negative pressure situations.

VBA chief executive Sue Eddy said the training roadshow was the largest plumbing training program ever undertaken by her organisation.

“We invite all 21,000 plumbers registered or licensed in gasfitting and Type A servicing to take this opportunity to enhance their training, build on their confidence and protect the safety of Victorians,” she said.

Effective testing and maintenance of gas appliances is an important way of managing risks related to carbon monoxide spillage and other factors that might impact their safe operation.

All gas heaters have the potential to spill or leak deadly carbon monoxide and this includes central heating units, space heaters, wall furnaces and decorative log fires.

“These safety precautions are particularly important as Victorian homes change and become better weather sealed and more energy efficient,” Ms Eddy said.

“The VBA and ESV recommend all gas water heaters, space heaters and central heaters are serviced at least every two years by a registered or licensed gasfitter or a Type A serving plumber,” she said.

Training seminars will be held in Bairnsdale, Wodonga, Shepparton, Traralgon, Mildura, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne at no cost to practitioners.

As part of the ongoing training for all Victorian gasfitters and Type A servicing plumbers, the VBA along with ESV and Master Plumbers will soon release a short instructional video on negative air pressure and carbon monoxide spillage, as part of its new carbon monoxide safety program.

The video provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a carbon monoxide spillage test, demonstrates how to recognise and combat negative air pressure, and provides safety tips for practitioners who carry out these important tests.

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