MAF is training our new ground staff to become experts in transporting dangerous goods to help develop the rural areas of PNG.
Story by Tajs Jespersen.
The easiest solution would be to deny any transport of hazardous goods in MAF, but Nawi Mabo, MAF’s Ground Operations Traning Coordinator, knows why it’s important to allow it.
“It is within our mission to support our partners in the bush,” said Nawi. “Some of those we serve are schools and businesses that have needs for goods of a dangerous nature.”
Cooking gas and generator fuel are some of the hazardous cargo that MAF transports to remote communities all over PNG. As these goods are vital to the remote communities, MAF needs to make sure these can be transported safely.
“If we begin to have incidents and accidents as a result of our staff not knowing how to follow the correct procedures… then in the long run, we may be asked not to do what we are doing,” said Nawi.
While the ground staff are already skilled at handling dangerous goods, MAF strives for excellence and to be the best and safest service provider possible to the people of PNG. That is why Nawi has been teaching a course for the new members of staff - the Dangerous Goods Acceptance Course – which is approved internationally.
“Training is an essential element in making sure that our goods of a dangerous nature are transported as per the regulations,” said Nawi.
The excellence of our staff will guarantee that MAF can stay on mission in PNG.
“We can sustain our service and help these people we are called to serve,” said Nawi.