SafetyNet 381, September 28, 2016
Victorian HSRs: Registration to attend the 2016 VTHC HSR Conference (details below) is now open. Register now!
Register now for the VTHC 2016 HSR Conference
The event you've all been waiting for will take place on Tuesday October 25. The conference is once again being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. And this year, we are also running one in Bendigo! The VTHC has received confirmation of, s69 approval, which means that as long as HSRs give their employers at least 14 days' notice, the employer must allow them to attend on paid leave - that is, must ensure that they are paid for the day.
Deputy HSRs are also welcome, however there is no obligation for the employer to provide the paid leave - though many do. For more information, go to this page. And remember, you can register NOW through the VTHC - the process is very easy and straightforward. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as a copy of the approval when this is provided by WorkSafe.
Victorian HSRs have your say - it's not too late!
Consultation Research Project: Be part of a bona fide research project. This is one of the most common gripes HSRs have: their employer does not consult. So.. have you completed the consultation survey? If you haven't, then please do so NOW! This research is being done by HSR and OHS Network member Vasalia as part of her Masters in OHS at La Trobe University, and will feature in this year's HSR Conference. The project has had ethics approval, and participation is voluntary and anonymous. The online questionnaire should only take 20 minutes to complete. The consultation survey is on our website - please complete it now, and also share with other HSRs in your workplace.
Workplace fatalities 2015
Last week we reported on Victoria's 23rd workplace fatality so far this year. This is already three more workers killed in Victoria than were killed in 2015 - and we are just at the end of September.
Well-known and respected OHS consultant, analyst and blogger, Mr Barry Naismith yesterday released a paper analysing these fatalities: 20 Deaths at Work Victoria 2015. The Introduction begins: "There is no easy way to say it. Deaths at work are a bloody stain on occupational health and safety and workers compensation system. Those touched by tragedy, whether family, friends, work colleagues and anyone else in the community that has been positivity (sic) affected by the life of the victim, have every right to feel enraged. They also have a right to demand justice and fair compensation and an assurance that such a tragedy should never happen again.
"And it so was during 2015 that 20 lives were lost from work incidents, based on official figures from the Victorian WorkCover Authority (trading at WorkSafe Victoria), the operator of Victoria's safety and compensation system. That's 20 families that lost a loved one, usually the bread earner, and 20 groups of friends and colleagues and others who loved them and who have to grieve over a preventable event."
Download the paper here (available free for one month only!)
VTHC Injured Workers Support Network news
In last week's SafetyNet we told subscribers how Allianz met with Gerard Wilkie and Trades Hall in response to the Ombudsman's report which slammed some of the tactics used by insurance companies. The Injured Workers Support Network then moved on to CGU - which unlike Allianz, locked the doors and refused to meet with the injured workers. However, after further calls from the VTHC, CGU management has agreed to publicly apologise for their behaviour - in one example CGU were caught out hiding evidence from medical experts to try and terminate an injured workers' claim. As a result, action planned at CGU today was cancelled. The Injured Workers Support Network had more to do though: they moved on to one of the remaining two insurers named: Gallagher Bassett. A petition has been set up to put some pressure on Gallagher Bassett - so please sign it, and then share it.
The newly formed Injured Workers Support Network is active and has already had two 'wins' - but there is still much to do. Network Groups are going to be established both in metropolitan Melbourne and elsewhere around the state to facilitate involvement of injured workers and offer support. If you are interested in joining the Network, email Sam Hatfield.
We work with hazardous substances, some of which have exposure standards. From what I can see, the exposure standards are based on exposures over an eight hour shift. We work 12 hour shifts. So what do we do?
You are right: The 8-hour TWA exposure standard for an airborne contaminant is based on exposure that occurs in an 8 hour working day, 5 day working week. The advice from Safe Work Australia in it publication Guidance on the Interpretation of Workplace Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants is: "Where workers have a working day longer than eight hours, a working week longer than 40 hours or work shift rotations in excess of either 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, the TWA exposure standard may need to be adjusted to compensate for the greater exposure during the longer work shift and the decreased recovery time between shifts." The guide provides advice on some mathematical models which can be used, and has methods in the appendix for doing so.
The main issue, however is to tackle the hazard at source: eliminate the use of hazardous substances as far as reasonably practicable, and then if they cannot be eliminated, implement controls - according to the hierarchy of controls - to eliminate or minimise the risk. So for example, ensuring that there is efficient exhaust ventilation; and more. Take a look at these pages on the site: Hazardous Substances (Chemicals); Chemicals management in workplaces; Exposure standards; Chemicals - useful websites.
Please send any OHS related queries in to Ask Renata - your query will be responded to as quickly as we can – usually within a couple of days.
VTHC & RTBU request WorkSafe prosecute asbestos importer
Luke Hilakari and Luba Grigorovitch, secretaries of the VTHC and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) have made a request under s131 of the OHS Act for WorkSafe to bring a prosecution against Robin Johnson Engineering for the supply of asbestos. The flooring material was subsequently supplied to Siemens which used it to construct four new electrical tram substations in East Brighton, the CBD, Thornbury and West Brunswick. In response to inquiries from the VTHC, WorkSafe was unable to confirm whether or not the company would be prosecuted. This section of the Act enables any person to request that a prosecution be brought. The Authority then has three months to investigate the matter, and advise whether a prosecution will be brought or not.
Read more: Asbestos Found in Four New Tram Substations in Melbourne (15 February 2016) The Age
Push for Senate inquiry into asbestos imports wins cross-party support
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) long standing push for a Senate inquiry into asbestos importation is looking like it will succeed after winning broad cross-party support. Labor, the Nick Xenophon Team, the Greens and Pauline Hanson's One Nation all support a crackdown on imported asbestos after several high-profile discoveries of the hazardous material on Australian building sites. The inquiry push will be pursued through a Senate motion on 10 October to re-establish an inquiry into non-conforming building products with a specific focus on asbestos importation. ACTU assistant secretary, Michael Borowick, has said Australia "you can import asbestos with impunity – that's why it's turning up". He cited the fact only three entities had been prosecuted for importing asbestos since 2003 and fined the "pitiful" amount of $300,000 in total.
Read more: Facebook post; The Guardian
Tas: Parliament Square asbestos rubble used at 13 sites
The CFMEU claims that building rubble containing asbestos from Hobart's Parliament Square excavation made its way onto at least 13 building sites across Hobart. A list of sites released by the union has identified Glenorchy Primary School and New Town High among sites to have received the fill, as well as the Myer site, Claremont Golf Course and developments in Hobart and Kingston and further afield. New Town High School received 800 tonnes of the fill, Glenorchy Primary School 700 tonnes and the Myer site 200 tonnes, which was later removed. However, WorkSafe Tasmania boss Martin Shirley rushed to reassure the public - saying that the construction fill did not pose a risk because of asbestos. Read more: Union claims asbestos rubble used in 13 sites and WorkSafe Tasmania denies re-used building rubble a health threat The Mercury
ASEA: International Asbestos Awareness and Management Conference
The program for the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management, 13 - 15 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) has been released - and more information on speakers and sessions is now available. View the full program here. There is a special price for community/non-profit organisations, as well as an early bird deal which closes Friday, September 30. Register here. Presentations and highlights from the 2015 ASEA Conference can be downloaded from the ASEA website.
Canada: Peak union council calls for asbestos ban
On Monday September 26, Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Canada, Canadian unions called on the federal government to ban asbestos - the leading cause of work-related death in that country.
"As a mechanic, I was exposed for more than 20 years to asbestos contained in brake pads. To this day Canada imports similar products which contain asbestos, even though asbestos-free, Canadian-made alternatives exist. There is no excuse for putting Canadian families at risk," said Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Hassan Yussuff. "More than 2,000 Canadians die every year from diseases like mesothelioma that are caused by asbestos exposure. This is about workers' safety and it's about public safety, which is why we are calling for the government to adopt a comprehensive ban on asbestos," he added. Read more: Mesothelioma Awareness Day highlights the need for asbestos ban CLC
Save the Date: October 15 Anniversary of West Gate Bridge Collapse
This year the Memorial for the West Gate Bridge Collapse will take place at 11.30am on Saturday October 15. When the bridge, which was under construction, collapsed just before noon on that day in 1970, 35 workers were killed and many more seriously injured.
Check out the CFMEU's video on Facebook.
Boyer lecture: Living and Working
The 2016 Boyer Lecture series by Professor Sir Michael Marmot is titled Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap and explores the challenges faced by communities in solving issues around health inequality. In the third of the series, Professor Marmot explains that although unemployment is bad for health, work can damage health, too. Jobs characterised by high demands and low control, imbalance between efforts and reward, organisational injustice, shift work and job insecurity increase risk of physical and mental illness. The lower the position in the social hierarchy the greater the concentration of these stressful characteristics. When work is no longer the way out of poverty, health suffers. Listen to the Boyer lecture number three: Living and Working (about 30 minutes) ABC Radio National
'Come home safe' focus of recent forum in Latrobe Valley
Creating safer workplaces across the Latrobe Valley to ensure everyone goes home in one piece was the focus of a Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union forum last Wednesday at Power Works, Morwell. CFMEU organiser and Occupational Health and Safety officer Duncan MacGregor said the 'health and safety reps forum' was a chance to share knowledge between workplaces and promote a self-starter approach among employees. About 30 representatives from various workplaces attended the forum, which featured guest speakers including Trades Hall Council lead OHS organiser Dr Paul Sutton and Worksafe inspectors from the Valley. Mr MacGregor said the forum was well received and hoped to make it a regular occurrence to push for a more cohesive network in which workplaces can rely on each other assistance. Read more: Latrobe Valley Express
NSW: Close call for three construction workers
Three workers were left dangling by their safety harnesses inside the boom of a crane that collapsed atop a North Sydney building site on Sunday morning. Emergency services were called to the crane collapse at Arthur Street about 11:30am with reports that three people were trapped. With the help of Ambulance Special Operation and Police Rescue, Fire and Rescue NSW removed the workers from the crane using a rescue bucket.
It is believed the workers were in the process of dismantling the crane and were inside or on top of the swinging boom when it collapsed into the building - they were 20 levels up, approximately 60 metres from the ground. One of the workers suffered chest, spinal and pelvic injuries and a fractured upper arm, while the other two suffered minor injuries.
SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy said there would be a thorough investigation. "There's a few facts that we're looking at at the moment, firstly we'll be looking at the controls that were in place by the principal contractor, which is Meriton," Mr Dunphy said. "We'd also be looking at the procedures that were in place for the crane operator which was Titan Cranes and Rigging and we'd be looking through their safe systems of work."
CFMEU state secretary Brian Parker said he understood a mechanical fault caused the collapse. "We are led to believe that a big cable swing had actually snapped and that has caused the collapse of the jib of the crane, which had took a hit to the structure of the building and it has been bent over the side," he said. Read more: ABC News online
BE TRADES HALL TRAINED: VTHC OHS Training Centre
Don't settle for any training other than that provided by your union or the VTHC. HSRs are elected by their fellow workers to represent them. We understand what HSRs need and have been training effective HSRs for many years. Remember that under Section 67 of the OHS Act, both HSRs and deputies have the right to attend the training course of their choice (in consultation with their employer). Below are the dates for the next few courses at the VTHC OHS Training Centre. The full set of new dates until June 2017, including Comcare courses, is now on the Training program page where you can download a registration form or register online. Contact Lisa Mott on (03) 9663 5460 for any training related queries.
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Two Day Manager/Supervisor Course
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Thailand: Court finds UK rights activist guilty
A UK activist who campaigned for the rights of migrant workers in Thailand's fruit processing industry has been found guilty of defamation and computer crimes. Andy Hall, from Lincolnshire, was given a three-year suspended jail term and fined 150,000 baht (A$5,680). In 2013 Hall had contributed to a report by Finnwatch, a Helsinki-based non-profit corporate responsibility watchdog, alleging the Natural Fruit Company mistreated its workers. Finnwatch said it was "shocked" by the verdict. "Andy has been made a scapegoat in order to stifle other voices that speak out legitimately in support of migrant worker rights," said executive director Sonja Vartiala. "We fear that many other human rights defenders and victims of company abuse will be scared to silence by this ruling." Hall's sentence was suspended for two years, meaning he will not go to jail. Because the report was published online in Thailand, he was also found guilty of violating the Computer Crimes Act. A spokesperson for the British embassy in Bangkok said it would be raising the matter with the Thai authorities. The Finnwatch report - Cheap has a High Price - included allegations that migrant workers were being paid wages below the legal minimum, working long hours at factories and had had their passports illegally confiscated. Natural Fruit, one of Thailand's biggest pineapple producers, denied all the allegations and brought charges against Hall, who was living in Thailand at the time. The frequent use of the criminal defamation law in Thailand to silence critics has been condemned by human rights groups. The US-based Human Rights Watch said Hall had co-ordinated "important research" and that prosecuting him raised "serious questions about Thailand's readiness to protect workers' rights."
Read more: Finnwatch news release; Q&A [pdf] on Andy Hall's case. Source: Risks 769
Study exposes sub-par pay, conditions for student visa-holders
A recent study of international students' employment conditions in food services shows they are receiving as little as $8 an hour and a median of $17, well below the award rate of about $21.
The qualitative study of 20 student visa-holders by academics from three Melbourne universities (RMIT, La Trobe, and the Melbourne Law School) suggests that underpayment and non-payment of wages may be widespread in the cafe, restaurant and takeaway food services sector - worse perhaps in 'ethnic' businesses. The researchers also identified OHS issues such as exposure to cuts and burns, and little support from employers for injured workers. Participants reported that bullying was common, some with racist overtones. None of the students were union members, and none observed any union activity or enforcement by the FWO.
The authors call for "more attention. . . to be paid to employer labour-use strategies, labour regulation – poor enforcement and the problems of casual status – and individual worker agency".
Source: Campbell, Iain; Boese, Martina and Tham, Joo-Cheong. Inhospitable workplaces?: International students and paid work in food services. [Abstract online] Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 51, No. 3, Oct 2016: 279-298. Availability: ISSN: 0157-6321. [cited 26 Sep 16].
Renata's comment: Unions have neither a magic wand nor a crrystal ball! If you are or know someone in this situation, AND are prepared to speak up, contact the VTHC Young Workers Centre on 1800 714 754.
Sleep-related problem associated with shift work
Researchers from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health obtained data for 6338 US workers aged 18 or older to estimate the prevalence of self-reported sleep problems by job characteristics, including shiftwork status. The data were obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
They found that the prevalence of short sleep duration, of less than 7hrs per weekday/workday (37.6 per cent overall) was highest among night shift workers (61.8 per cent). The prevalence of poor sleep quality was 19.2 per cent among all workers, with the highest prevalence among night shift workers (30.7 per cent). The prevalence of impaired activities of daily living (ADL) score (24.8 per cent overall) and insomnia (8.8 per cent overall) was also highest for night shift workers (36.2 per cent and 18.5 per cent, respectively). Night shift workers had the highest likelihood of these sleep problems.
They concluded that self-reported short sleep duration, poor sleep quality, impaired ADL score and insomnia are common among US workers especially among night shift workers. Though the findings should be confirmed with objective sleep measures, they support the need for intervention programmes to improve sleep quantity and quality among night shift workers.
Source: Lee C Yong, Jia Li, Geoffrey M Calvert; Sleep-related problems in the US working population: prevalence and association with shiftwork status [Abstract] Occup Environ Med doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-103638
Three types of work stress linked to suicidal thoughts
A group of international researchers including the director of the University of South Australia's Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety, Professor Maureen Dollard (who was the keynote speaker at the 2015 VTHC HSR Conference), examined data from six workplace stress studies using three established work stress models: job demand control (JDC); effort reward imbalance (ERI) and organisational justice (OJ).
They found that all work stress models were significantly associated with suicidal 'ideation', but that that effort-reward imbalances and perceived organisational injustice were particularly linked to elevated rates.
"So far, most preventive activities related to suicide have not addressed primary prevention levels (ie. targeting work characteristics). This is particularly regrettable given that work stress is considered a modifiable upstream determinant of mental disorders," said the researchers. "It would thus be of utmost interest that work stress interventions, particularly theory-based programs, are integrated into the suicide prevention in the workplace."
Read more: Adrian Loerbroks, et al, Associations between work stress and suicidal ideation: Individual-participant data from six cross-sectional studies [Abstract] Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 90, November 2016 Source: OHS Alert
Artificial enzymes are 'potent allergens' at work
Genetically modified enzymes used in flavourings and aromas and to boost the power of cleaning products and medicines, are "potent allergens" that can immediately sensitise those occupationally exposed to them, researchers have found. A paper published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine warns there are as yet no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor this potential health risk. It warns that new developments in industrial processing have led to an explosion in the production of these flavourings, fragrances, and other industrial applications that rely on enzyme technology, turning it into a US$10 billion industry. But genetically engineering the enzyme protein may change its allergenic properties, the researchers note. The allergy warning came after the team of health experts from Britain and Germany measured specific antibodies to artificially created enzymes in blood samples from 813 workers, employed in industries - food, drinks, chemicals, detergents and medicines - that use enzyme technology for their products. They found almost one in four of the employees (23 per cent) had specific antibodies to the genetically modified enzymes to which they were routinely exposed during working hours. More than one in three (36 per cent) of a sub-group tested for skin and lung reactions said they had symptoms of rhinitis or asthma that were related to their job; they were more than twice as likely to have high antibody levels than workers who didn't have symptoms. The researchers said their study was hampered by commercial secrecy, which prevented them from getting access to formulations. Nevertheless, they state: "Genetically engineered enzymes are potent allergens eliciting immediate-type sensitisation." The paper concludes: "The assessment of allergenicity should be mandatory for all new products... Enzymes should be tested like any other potentially hazardous chemical."
Read more: Lygia T Budnik and others. Sensitising effects of genetically modified enzymes used in flavour, fragrance, detergence and pharmaceutical production: cross-sectional study, [Full text or Abstract] Occupational & Environmental Medicine, online first 22 September 2016. Source: Risks 769
WorkSafe Victoria News
October is WorkSafe Month
WorkSafe Victoria has now made the entire month of October WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. WorkSafe says it is the 24th year such an event has been run. The state-wide program kicks-off on Tuesday 4 October and concludes 27 October 2016 with events as far and wide as Mildura, Shepparton, Bendigo, Echuca, Swan Hill, Melbourne, Suburban Melbourne and Geelong (and more). The regulator says the purpose of the diverse calendar of events is to raise awareness of WorkSafe and the role it plays in the community to deliver excellent workplace safety and return to work outcomes.
Read more and check out the events.
Young workers at increased risk of injury
WorkSafe Victoria has said that young workers are "particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and employers should prioritise safety discussions and training to reduce their risk of injury." WorkSafe last week released statistics revealing 49 young people aged 15-24 were injured every week in 2015/16.
The statistics, which were from April 2015 to March 2016, also revealed:
- Young workers in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality suffered the most injuries
- Poor manual handling was the cause of most injuries
- Hand, finger and back injuries were the most common type of injury.
WorkSafe released the new statistics to support a major social media campaign featuring simulated CCTV footage of young workers in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality about to make potentially catastrophic workplace safety decisions.
The VTHC adds that in addition to discussions and training, employers need to ensure that the workplace and the working environment are safe and without risks to health (so far as is reasonably practicable).
Read more: WorkSafe media release
Updated: Guidance on sun protection
WorkSafe has updated its guidance on sun protection for outdoor workers. CHECK LINK Caoimhe Geraghty, SunSmart Workplace and Community Coordinator, Cancer Council Victoria, has taken the opportunity to send a newsletter saying CCV wants to hear from those with OHS responsibility in the workplace, through a short survey, on how SunSmart can support UV safety.
Read more: Sun Protection for Outdoor Workers; and Cancer Council Survey.
Safe Work Australia news
National Safe Work Month
In 2016 Safe Work Australia will be supporting National Safe Work Month by developing resources for businesses, a resource kit, hosting the workplace participation reward program and sharing stories and statistics about work health and safety. To find out more - how to get involved, to download the resource kit and more, visit the National Safe Work website.
Safe Work will also be running its Virtual Health and Safety Seminar series in October, and invite anyone who is interested to subscribe. Read more.
Scientific evaluation of workplace exposure standards
A reminder that Safe Work Australia will be evaluating the workplace exposure standards of over 600 chemicals. Exposure standards are specified in the model Work Health and Safety Regulations as mandatory legal limits to assist in protecting the health of workers and minimise exposure to airborne contaminants in the workplace. Public consultation sessions will be held and members of the public are invited to subscribe to the 'Chemical exposure standards' mailing list on the Safe Work Australia website.
As at September 23, there had been 125 fatalities reported to Safe Work Australia - this is eight more notifications since the last update on September 6. Five of these deaths were in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing industries. The fatalities this year:
- 34 in the Transport, postal and warehouse sector;
- 39 in Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
- 18 in Construction;
- 6 each in Arts & recreation services, and in Electricity, gas, water & waste services;
- 4 in Mining and in 'Other services';
- 2 each in Administrative & support services; Accommodation & Food services; Health care & social assistance; Retail trade; Information media & telecommunications; and in professional, scientific & technical services; and
- 1 each in Public administration & safety; and Wholesale Trade.
The numbers and industries may vary as Safe Work receives more detailed information (to check for updates, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities page).
The latest monthly fatality report is for April 2016, during which there were 18 work-related notifiable fatalities - the same number as in March. All were male. To download the report, go to the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report webpage.
New guidance on carcinogens
Safe Work Australia has released a Guide to Managing Risks of Exposure to Carcinogens in the Workplace. The guide provides information on how to manage health and safety risks associated with chemical carcinogens in the workplace. These chemicals provide unique risks to the workplace as it may take years for symptoms to develop and there may be no early warning of adverse effects, unlike many other chemical hazards.
It should be read by persons conducting a business or undertaking and workers who use, handle, store, manufacture, supply or dispose of chemical carcinogens. The guide does not specifically provide information on asbestos or lead, as these are covered in other guidance material. It also does not cover biological carcinogens, like the Human Papilloma Virus, or environmental carcinogens such as solar ultra-violet light.
Download it from this page of the Safe Work website
There have been no updates to the Prosecution Result Summaries & Enforceable Undertakings webpage since the last edition of SafetyNet.
UK: Manufacturer fined £1m following worker's death
Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd has been fined £1 million (A$1.7million) after a worker was crushed to death by a machine as a consequence of 'ad hoc' attempts to move it. The 48 year old worker was involved in moving a large CNC milling machine within the company's Grantham factory on 30 April 2015 when it overturned and killed him. The machine had been lifted using jacks and placed onto skates in order to give the worker access to use an angle grinder to cut and remove the bolts that had secured it to the floor. He was working alone at the time of the incident. The Court heard how the company had not ensured that workers who were tasked with lifting and moving the machine were sufficiently trained and had the right experience for carrying out such a potentially dangerous activity. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found during its investigation that the work was not properly planned. The centre of gravity of the machine had not been properly assessed and taken into account before the move took place. This resulted in an unsafe system of work being used for the job, with fatal consequences. Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd pleaded guilty to criminal safety breaches. HSE inspector Martin Giles said: "(The worker's) death was entirely preventable. Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd had already tried unsuccessfully to lift the machine using a forklift truck but instead of learning from this failure they carried on. Their ad hoc approach to managing dangerous tasks resulted in one of their workers losing his life." He added: "All companies can learn from this incident and make sure they have properly risk assessed the situation before they start and that they have trained staff with the right type of experience to carry out the task in hand safely. Taking an extra few minutes to properly think through a problem could save a worker's life."
Read more: HSE news release. Source: Risks 769
Global: New ILO video
The ILO, the International Labour Organization, us the UN's only tripartite agency which brings together governments, employers and workers to promote decent work for all women and men. The ILO has produced a new video which explains why the ILO's work is so important in tackling the challenges which face the world today.
Find out more - watch the video and read about the ILO
ACTU Health and Safety Training
- Certificate IV in WHS Course, seven days face to face (offered in two parts of 3 and 4 consecutive days each).
- Organising for Safer Workplaces (two days)
- Workplace Bullying and Harassment (one day)
- OHS for Union Delegates – choice between a One or Two day course
For information on these and other courses, go to the ACTU website or contact Anna Pupillo or Chris Hughes for more details (ph ACTU: 9664 7334 or 9664 7389).
Wednesday October 5 - Dangerous Goods Advisory Group Meeting
The fifth meeting of the DGAD group will have a very full agenda:
- Hazardous Chemicals / Dangerous Goods Incidents: including MFB/CFA reports; WA fires from unsaturated oils
- The ADG Transport Code & Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code & IATA Regs, etc
- Dangerous Goods (Storage & Handling) Issues, such as GHS; Draft AS1940 - The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids.
- Update on the GHS Hazardous Chemicals Regs, Codes, Classification and Training
- Information sharing - Some useful email listservs for asking questions etc are: the UK's Chemical Hazard Communication Society; Dangerous Goods - Hazmat Yahoo Group run by Don Johnston
- Other Meetings and Groups: eg Monthly RACI Vic HS&E Group info sharing meetings; Dust Explosions Conference, 17-18 Oct, Brisbane
- Meal afterwards will be at the Emerald Elephant Thai Restaurant, 179 Bay St Port Melbourne
When: October 5, 5.30pm for 6pm - 8.30pm meeting
Where: Sandridge Centre - Trugo Club Rooms; 1 Tucker Avenue, Port Melbourne (Garden City part. Enter along Clark St which turns into Tucker Av, from Graham St)
Cost: minimal ($3-$5)
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 Central Safety Group
Safety: trade or profession?
The answer is that it needs to be both, according to Leo Ruschena, Senior Lecturer OHS, RMIT University, who will be giving a lunchtime presentation on this topic. He will talk about how safety education and accreditation is going through a process of major reform. This includes developing a uniform system of knowledge, accreditation of universities and certification of individuals. This has led to some confusions and gaps, including problems with the role of TAFE in safety education and certification.
Leo will also discuss the current (controversial)
move to 'professionalise the profession', which will require safety
professionals to have accreditation the same as engineers, doctors and
When: 12 noon - 1pm, Tuesday October 11
Where: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)
Cost of attendance: Members free, non-members $10. Plus lunch (optional) sandwich and juice lunch $15
Individual membership fee for 2016 is $60.
Please book if you are coming and indicate whether you are having lunch:
Jane Loudon, Secretary, Central Safety Group. Ph. 9387 9768, mobile 0417 040 252
Sunday, October 16: Victorian Drivers Memorial Annual Lunch
The Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial in conjunction with Creative Ministries Network and the Alexandra Truck Show has been established for the family and friends of truck drivers who have died while doing their work. The group will be holding its annual lunch on Sunday, October 16 at 12 PM - 3 PM at the Overlander Hotel 97 Benalla Rd, Shepparton VIC 3630. RSVP: Monday 3rd October. Please Book with Bette Phillips (go to Facebook event page)