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Working Groups

Education & Training (ET)

Where we intend to:
1. Develop an AWD Professional Sales Diploma (PSD.AWD) and this will be combined with a TWI CSWIP qualification to ensure that we recognise our own quality personnel. I can confirm today, that the AWD is working closely with the TWI to evolve this aspect and we will launch this education program during 2011.
2. We also have an urgent need to develop positively, Members training and demonstration facilities, regional Skills Centre training facilities and their combined training direction with the AWD website remaining a great place to present these opportunities from. The AWD is represented on and working with the AWFTE and this objective has real synergy.

Contact can be made with the AWD ET Committee by email to et@awd.org.uk

Product Standards & Quality (PSQ)

Where we intend to:
1. Advise Members on the relevant product standards now applicable within the industry as they change or are implemented.
2. Study key products for sale within the industry and receive comment from Members and advise Members of products failing tests.
3. Set 'Codes of Practice' for the selection, use and maintenance of safety wear, welding equipment, hire machines etc. These could become highly respected and revered and can assist Members in explaining the correct principles to follow and maintain, just like CP7 has evolved for Gas Equipment inspections.

Contact can be made with the AWD PSQ Committee by email to psq@awd.org.uk

Membership Benefits (MB)

Where we intend to:
1. Clearly identify exactly what Members want from service providers.
2. Introduce new services which deliver value.

Contact can be made with the AWD MB Committee by email to mb@awd.org.uk

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

AWD are members of the HSE welding partnership group which is part of a long term project that aims to raise awareness of the risks of exposure to dust, gases, fumes and vapours in the workplace and to get employers and employees to think about the way they work and whether they can be doing more to protect themselves.

The partnership group has set up a discussion group which has agreed to focus on - the respiratory hazards in the welding and thermal cutting environment.

This group will give advice and guidance on how to reduce the risks of respiratory disease by:
• Talking to and working with those involved in the welding industry.
• Raising awareness and improving workers knowledge of the risk of exposure to welding fume.
• Promoting the correct use of the control measures used in high risk tasks.
• Changing perceptions, attitudes and behaviours to health and safety.
• Encourage good working practices.