Fifteen members of the Maclean Men’s Shed at Townsend have received a certificate of participation, after completing an electrical safety testing course.
The ‘Test and Tag’ course run through North Coast TAFE included; ‘apply occupational health and safety codes and practices in the workplace’ and ‘conduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord assemblies’.
Half of those who participated in the course were women from the Men’s Shed who are now qualified to test and tag the electrical equipment.
Men’s Shed co-ordinator Allan Woods said that the Men’s Shed get a lot of items like drills etc donated to them.
“Having members now who are able to test the safety of the equipment first, will make the shed a lot safer for everyone,” said Mr Woods.
“It just goes to show that you’re never too old to learn and that older people are still prepared to learn.
Mr Woods said that the participants had no idea what the course was about at the start and now they know the importance of safe working practices.