Free training for local plumbers

Battle against deadly CO poisoning from gas heaters heading to Wodonga

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 tour Victoria in August.

Training heads to Wodonga on Tuesday, 7 August 2018.

The Victorian Building Authority, along with Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) 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 spillage and identify negative pressure situations.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Building Authority, Sue Eddy, said the VBA was pleased to be working with ESV and Master Plumbers to deliver these training sessions, which will be held throughout the state.

“This roadshow is the largest plumber training program ever undertaken by the VBA,” Ms Eddy said.

“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.”

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. 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. The VBA and ESV recommend that 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 servicing plumber.

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

A training seminar will be held in Wodonga at The Cube, 118 Hovell Street, Wodonga from 5pm to 7pm.

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 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.

Practitioners and their apprentices can register for a nearby training session by visiting the Victorian Building Authority’s website vba.vic.gov.au/training or calling 1300 815 127.