Emerging health risks affecting the plumbing industry
The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) ran a series of events on Tuesday 11 March 2014 to mark WPD in Victoria. Over 400 people visited PICAC to celebrate WPD, making this year’s events the most successful ever.
Highlights of the day included;
Plumbing Industry Luncheon – 270 Industry Stakeholders attended a luncheon with speakers focusing on ‘Emerging health risks effecting the plumbing industry. Peter Hall MLC, Minister for Higher Education and Skills was the keynote speaker. Other guest speakers included: Peter Tighe, Chief Executive Officer, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Rodney Dedman , Manager Water, Water Program, Health Protection Branch, Department of Health, Paul Bonsak, Executive Manager, Gas Installation & Appliance Safety, Energy Safe Victoria and Grant Stewart, WorldSkills Foundation. Official Proceedings were followed by a luncheon.
Plumbing Apprentice Skills Competition and Sprinkler Fitting Apprentice Skills Competition – 13 leading apprentices from across Victoria displayed their skills and knowledge of plumbing, mechanical services and fire protection in practical demonstration. The finalists are eligible for selection to represent PICAC and Australia at the United Association International Apprentice Skills Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Congratulations to Swinburne University’s Nathan Frauenfelder and Fire Industry Training’s Brent Eacott who won the competitions.
Plumbing Careers Expo – 70 students who are considering a future in the plumbing industry took the opportunity to meet with representatives from Registered Training Organizations, TAFE Institutes, group schemes, employers and others involved in vocational education and training.
Plumbing Trades Expo – Organizations including, Incolink, IAPMO, Reece, Standards Australia, Energy Safe Victoria and more set up informative displays of industry innovations, cutting edge products and sustainable solutions for guests. The theme of emerging risks will continued in this area.
PICAC would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible. Incolink, IAPMO Oceana, Standards Australia, Energy Safe Victoria, Victorian Building Authority, Reece, Testo, Rheem, Gangi Electrics, Marsh Advantage Insurance Brokers, Slater & Gordon, ESCO Industries, Commerce Press, Deniz Cleaning Group, Hydroflow, Maurice Blackburn and Stiebel Eltron.
From more information on the valuable role the World Plumbing Council plays within the industry, or to become a member please visit www.worldplumbing.org .