National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) appoints training services partner (AN 0004)

Monday, 12 August, 2013

The National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) recently appointed Ansell as its official training services partner to provide students with accurate information and guidance on hand safety PPE.

The NSCA trains more than 10,000 people every year, from health and safety officers to tradespeople, CEOs and managing directors.

“In addition to the qualifications we offer, students look to the NSCA for leadership on all aspects of safety management, including product information. With Ansell’s support as training services partner, we can address students’ need for guidance on hand safety products and PPE that are tried and tested by our industry,” said NSCA CEO Adam Baldock.

Ansell says one of the safety sector’s biggest challenges is helping people identify the right PPE for specific tasks. “Unless we explain the materials and quality standards to look for and how to interpret glove test results, hand safety may be compromised,” added David Nicholls, marketing manager for Ansell.

NSCA Adam Baldock and Peter McCann.

The relationship between NSCA and Ansell began in 2011 when Ansell started lobbying for the introduction of an Australian glove standard, seeking assistance from the NSCA’s Adam Baldock in his role as councillor for Standards Australia. Together they gained support from a number of government stakeholders, including Minister Bill Shorten.

“The problem is that the Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) for hand protection mirror the European Union’s EN glove standards with one key difference, independent testing is not mandatory. So the absence of independent certification is exposing workers to gloves that may not be safe,” added Baldock. “Standards Australia does not have the resources to police importers for compliance with the EN-based Australian Standards.

“Ansell is a great community advocate and has a real commitment to improving safety in all sectors. They are the ideal training services partner,” he concluded.

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