The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in conjunction with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone is taking a lead role with the new RadioWorkSafe mobile app designed to help building maintenance staff, height workers, and facility managers with safe access around radio communications and mobile base station antennas.
Leading up to the launch of the new app at the Comms Connect conference in Melbourne, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said ‘Whether you are a contractor, specially trained communications worker or facility manager, it’s important to know the basic safety steps for working around radio transmitting antennas and mobile base stations. RadioWorkSafe provides this information in an easily accessible package.’
Tony Paul, AMTA’s RF safety program manager describes RadioWorkSafe as the ‘dial before you dig’ for height workers. ‘The RadioWorkSafe app includes resources to assist workers understand who to contact, where they can access training and safety videos, and information resources. The safety checklist available on your mobile is a great feature and very easy to use for all workers.’
RadioWorkSafe is free and is available on your mobile, tablet and pc at www.radioworksafe.com.au
Knowing where radio communications and mobile base station antennas are located and how to work safely around them is important for a range of occupations. Today’s community expects to be ‘always connected’ and this means we need an extensive network of base stations and radio communication sites to provide the continuous mobile coverage.
Australia’s mobile networks use a mixture of towers, poles, buildings and other facilities to locate the base stations and antennas. Increasingly our networks also use existing buildings, facilities and street furniture for the smaller base stations referred to as small cells.
These are great solutions for providing coverage but it does mean that workers on these facilities and adjacent facilities need to be ‘antenna aware’ and apply simple steps for managing health and safety around transmitting antennas.
RadioWorkSafe already has global appeal and earlier this year Mike Wood, Telstra’s EME specialist spent time in Europe with mobile operators and EME safety equipment manufactures where the new app was put through its paces. Mike said ‘the educational resources, safety videos and easy to use checklist was a universal feature suited to a global market’.
AMTA will launch the app at a dedicated educational presentation for the Australian at height worker industry at the Comms Connect conference in Melbourne on 23rd November.
The app is a key element in AMTA’s RF Safety Program which is world leading in providing an open, transparent and informative approach to safe work around radio transmitters. RadioWorkSafe provides workers location based information safety information to assist facility managers, technicians and height workers assess the on-site hazards when preparing for safe work.
The features available to all workers free of charge through RadioWorkSafe.com.au include:
- Basic safety steps
- A Safe Work Check list
- Training videos
- Fact sheets
- Information resources
- Site contacts
- Safety Bookmark