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OMA welcomes $96 000 OH&S grant

The Outdoor Media Association has welcomed a $96,000 Occupational Health and Safety grant from WorkCover NSW which will enable the development of a training program for its production and installation members. With the help of OH&S consultant Dom Weir from CoreSafe the OMA is developing a training manual, supplemented by a DVD, and will conduct training sessions for supervisors of members’ staff working in the high risk areas of the production and installation of outdoor media.

The training will focus on manual handling, chemicals, working at heights, and personal protective equipment.

The program aims to improve the competency of supervisors in risk management principles and educate them on how to better communicate with employees in identifying hazards and risks.

Once trained, supervisors will be better equipped to lead their staff in working safely.

Development of the 47 week project is underway now with the first training sessions planned to take place during the first half of 2009.

A steering committee comprised of representatives from media display and non media display members has been convened to assist in the development of the program so that it accurately reflects their conditions and will meet their needs.

The program resources will be loaded onto the OMA website to be accessible to all members.

Outdoor Media Association
www.oma.org.au