The vi­tal life or death de­ci­sion-mak­ers in in­dus­try

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

COR­PO­RATE Pro­tec­tion Aus­tralia Group (CPAG) pro­vides a full range of ser­vices to the mar­itime, min­ing, oil/gas and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture in­dus­tries within Aus­tralia and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Within the Glad­stone re­gion, CPAG pro­vides a range of ser­vices to the lo­cal in­dus­try from mar­itime se­cu­rity guards through to paramedics, nurses and emer­gency re­sponse staff.

The group also has a lo­cal of­fice in the main street and sup­ports about 100 peo­ple lo­cally with em­ploy­ment.

The re­gion cov­ers an area from Chin­chilla through to Mackay and as far west as Rolle­ston.

The of­fice now sup­ports a full time safety/se­cu­rity con­sul­tant (I-safe) and pro­fes­sional trainer (Base­line train­ing).

To­day we are go­ing to in­tro­duce to you what an ESO role is and how it is used in the in­dus­try.

An Emer­gency Ser­vices Of­fi­cer (ESO) is a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional, trained to re­spond to any emer­gency.

Many in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing min­ing, oil and gas, avi­a­tion, mar­itime, and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, em­ploy ESOs to main­tain the rig­or­ous safety stan­dards of those sec­tors, and to be in the first line of re­sponse should an in­ci­dent oc­cur.

Pri­mar­ily, ESOs re­port to any in­ci­dent on site and as­sess whether emer­gency ser­vices need to be called.

They also act to pro­vide vi­tal first aid, res­cue, or any sim­i­lar means of ac­tion, and serve to or­gan­ise and co­or­di­nate any present emer­gency re­sponse team.

As such, ESOs are of­ten equipped with a strong and var­ied range of skills.

As it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity to or­gan­ise and man­age any re­sponse to any sit­u­a­tion, they are of­ten com­pe­tent across the fire and res­cue, med­i­cal and se­cu­rity fields.

ESOs also main­tains op­er­a­tional pre­pared­ness on site, and works to en­sure that en­vi­ron­ment is sub­ject to the req­ui­site safety stan­dards.

On top of this, ESOs reg­u­larly en­gage in train­ing oth­ers to as­sist in th­ese roles.

A va­ri­ety of char­ac­ter­is­tics are ex­pected of ESOs, as their ef­fi­cacy can at any time mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

As well as be­ing adept at emer­gency re­sponse, and the oper­a­tion of any emer­gency equip­ment, they must be ex­pe­ri­enced at work­ing se­cu­rity, have good prob­lem-solv­ing skills, and have the abil­ity to ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cate on any scale, and un­der any set of cir­cum­stances.

The ideal ESO will be ra­tio­nal, will­ing to learn, and able to cope with con­flict, stress and cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.

Un­doubt­edly, ESOs con­sti­tute an el­e­ment vi­tal to the suc­cess and ef­fec­tive­ness of emer­gency ser­vices, and emer­gency re­sponse pro­to­cols across a ter­rific range of in­dus­tries.

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