PORTS workers, local government employees and traditional land owners convened in Brisbane this past week to learn techniques for marine pollution shoreline clean-up.
The OPEC Systems Shoreline Responders Course in Brisbane follows on the heels of four other marine pollution clean-up courses in Victoria and Queensland.
When marine pollution events occur, they come with a significant financial and environmental cost. In addition to a direct impact on fish, sea mammals, birds, habitats and breeding grounds, unresolved spills can lead to long term environmental consequences.
OPEC Systems general manager marine Adrian Hawes said the course is specifically tailored to the local area, with a large majority of the training spent on beaches and foreshores.
“In the event of an oil spill, we provide people with the skills to identity the oil type and foreshore substrates, and how to treat the impacted areas,” he said.
“Our strong focus on field training means that participants have the practical skills to coordinate an effective response and return the marine environment to its original state.”
The course is nationally-accredited and runs over three consecutive days, with participants gaining a Certificate III – Shoreline Responder and a statement of attainment. It includes modules in health, safety and risk controls; assessment strategies; and team leadership.