DERWENT Valley Men’s Shed members have been given the power to professionally test and tag electrical equipment.
Boyer’s Norske Skog paper mill recently funded electrical tag and testing TAFE training for three men’s shed members, and donated testing equipment.
Norske Skog electrical performance leader Leigh Johnston said he saw an opportunity to help make the community organisation selfsufficient.
“There was an opportunity there, rather than just doing a one-off tag and test for them, to give those guys some training,” he said.
“We were upgrading our tag and test gear, so we donated one of our appliance testers to make them self sufficient and gave the guys some new skills.”
Mr Johnston said the appliance testing helped make sure appliances, tools and extension leads were electrically safe.
Men’s shed public officer Nev Casey said the support was “fantastic” and a “massive help”.
“It’s very hard to get an electrician or anyone to do test and tag for you,” he said.
“We would normally have to pay between $3 and $4.50 an item, and we would have anything up to 75 different items that need testing, maybe more.”
Mr Casey said Norske Skog had been a fantastic supporter of the Derwent Valley Men’s Shed. “Having [organisations] like Norske Skog donating products to us is a massive help,” he said.
Mr Johnston said it was heartening to be able to help out in the community.
“With the work those guys do to involve people in the community and do community projects, just to be able to contribute to that in a small way has been really good,” he said.