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Wildlife Hazard and Risk Awareness

Wildlife Hazard and Risk Awareness is a compliance course which teaches valuable knowledge and skills to help attendees gain an understanding on how to handle OHS hazards effectively directly aimed at the identification and assessment of issues associated with indigenous and other types of wildlife in the workplace. Instructors will teach attendees about certain species of harmful reptiles, invertebrates, birds and mammals that often wander into catchment areas. In addition, the attendees will learn how to approach said animals in a way that minimises injury and harm to fellow workers and the surrounding fauna.

Instructors employ a combination of elements, such as real-life scenarios, theory, hands-on experience and case studies to impart the necessary knowledge and skills to the participants of the course. Attendees will observe live venomous snakes via a DEPI-certified snake pit. This pit permits participants to be close enough to the snakes to learn how to identify them properly and to observe their behaviour, risks and characteristics safely in order to gain an understanding of how to deal with them. Snakes are not the only animals, though, that the instructors will expose the participants, as the attendees will also be able to observe raptors, emus, centipedes, scorpions, spiders and even kangaroos and possums in a safe manner. Attendees will learn how to deal with all of the above animals and other ones when they are under stressful conditions such as being trapped.

Additional Information On The Wildlife Hazard and Risk Awareness Course

The content of this course includes the following:

• Species behaviour and identification
• The type of danger certain animals pose to a work environment and the workers
• The envenomation, illness or injuries that certain animals can inflict on people
• Pertinent laws and regulations regarding indigenous species
• First-aid treatments for venomous animal stings and bites
• How to maintain a safe work environment
• Emergency and proactive avoidance methods and strategies
• Correct use of communication and safety equipment
• Improper and appropriate actions when dealing with harmful animals
• Wildlife authorities and their removal of SMEs

The Wildlife Hazard and Risk Awareness course’s duration is just seven hours with periodic breaks, and the class size is only 25 participants. In addition, the course includes a learner resource kit for each attendee. Upon completion of the course, the attendees receive the appropriate competency units in line with BSBOHS304B that is linked with OHS hazard control along with a Statement of Attainment and a Risk Response + Rescue Certificate of Competency. Experts from Risk Response + Rescue perform the assessment of the attendees to ensure that the attendees understand the information presented in the course.

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