SafetyNet 389, November 30
This will be the last SafetyNet for 2016, as I will be on leave as of next week. Subscribers should expect the next edition of the journal in late January, 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all SafetyNet subscribers, your family and friends a safe December in particular, and a safe and happy summer, whether on holidays or not.
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Celebrate the end of a huge year with the OHS Network!
Being an activist, unionist, or health & safety rep can be thankless at times. In 2016 we've all achieved so much! Come along to see 2016 out with the OHS team and HSRs at the VTHC OHS Unit End of year celebration at 5.30pm on Wednesday December 14 at the Trades Hall (Corner Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton South). Guest Speaker! Free food! Raffle! Merriment! For more information and to RSVP (absolutely necessary) go to the Facebook event page - or to the We Are Union OHS.
Our workplace requires the wearing of "Hi Vis vests". WorkSafe advice is that these vests must comply with Australian standards. However, I don't believe the regulator advises how the vests should be worn to ensure safety and best performance. I've found international information stating the garments should be fitted to the person, the clothing that might be worn underneath the garments, and how the garment should be worn (i.e., done up properly around the body with no loose or dangling components). The garments should sit correctly on your body and stay in place during your work.
It's very difficult for us to explain these matters to our management - as there is no such advice on the WorkSafe website. Any ideas?
In my view, the way to do this would be to discuss with management why the high vis clothing needs to be worn and where, and why. Generally and for safety, all PPE needs to fit properly. If it doesn't then this could create a risk to the wearer: loose clothing can get caught in machinery and so on. If it's not worn properly (eg open at the front) then it's not effective as the front of the body is not high vis...
Even if this is not explicitly written in a Victorian WorkSafe document, the employer has a duty of care to identify hazards and risks and then take action to eliminate or minimise the hazards or risks, so far as is reasonably practicable. If the gear is too loose or not worn properly or too tight... then the employer is not complying with their duty of care. Remember too that the employer must also provide adequate information training and supervision to allow workers to work safely - see Duties of employers .In addition, the definition of 'so far as is reasonably practicable' as discussed in the WorkSafe section 12 guideline refers to the 'state of knowledge' - and so you can use the information you have found as long as it is reputable.
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. As Renata will be on leave, others in the OHS Unit will be responding until the Hall closes on December 23. We will be back on board January 16.
Senate passes legislation to re-establish ABCC
The Senate today passed legislation to re-establish the ABCC after the Coalition agreed to substantial amendments from Derryn Hinch's Justice Party and Nick Xenophon Team senators.
The Government accepted an amendment from Senator Hinch that will allow builders to bid for federally-funded projects for the next two years even if they have enterprise agreements that do not comply with the 2014 national construction code. The Government had proposed that the 2014 Code would apply once the Bill passed and that all construction enterprise agreements struck after April 2014 would have to be compliant to qualify for work on federally-funded projects.
The government accepted other amendments requiring greater impartiality from the ABC Commissioner; and continuing scrutiny of the ABBC's coercive powers by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. It has also accepted amendments to establish a security of payment working group. "We cannot simply talk about the behaviour of some in the union," Senator Xenophon said. "We also need to talk about the behaviour of a number of principal contractors and the way that people have been left in the lurch, the way that many thousands of subcontractors have not been paid and have not been treated fairly and that many have been driven to either the brink of bankruptcy or actual bankruptcy."
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union will continue to stand up for its members, fight for safety on sites and bargain for better conditions for workers in the industry. "We will also continue to fight for an end to bad and discriminatory laws that favours the interests of big property developers and multinational construction companies over the interests of ordinary working Australians," he said. "These are bad laws and that's why it has taken the government three years to pass them." The construction industry is a dangerous one, with 25 fatalities reported so far this year: with the re-establishment of the ABCC the need for workers to stick together is even greater.
Read more: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 home page; CFMEU Media Release
The ACTU is seeking to compile a list of all worker memorials in Australia, and is seeking assistance in identifying worker memorials in your state or territory. If you know of any, please email information and details to Jen Holden at the ACTU by COB Wednesday 21 December 2016. Thank you!
Senate Inquiry into Imported Asbestos
As reported earlier, the Senate has extended its inquiry into non-conforming building products to consider illegally imported asbestos. The ACTU, VTHC and affiliates are preparing a submission, and have secured an extension to mid-January. We are looking for personal stories of exposure to include in the submission. If you haven't had a chance to tell your story of exposure to illegally imported asbestos, do so now, as your experience will strengthen our submission. Go to this page on the We Are Union OHS website.
ASEA 3rd International Conference - Success!
The national agency has said that over 320 delegates travelled to the Adelaide Convention Centre to hear thought-provoking presentations, visit industry leaders at the exhibition and network with fellow professionals at some excellent social events- all of which added to the debate on how we manage asbestos-containing materials into the future. Speaker presentations are now available on the ASEA website, and accessible versions are soon to come. Conference pictures and videos, as well as interviews with both the local and international speakers will be also be uploaded soon - so if subscribers are interested, check the ASEA website over the next few weeks.
Firefighters' union praises Victorian Government's response to Fiskville Inquiry
Last week the Victorian Government released its response to the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville. The document outlines the actions that are being taken in response to the Fiskville report. The Fiskville inquiry commenced in December 2015 and the final report was handed down on the 24th of May this year.
Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said the Government supported all 31 recommendations "in full, principle or part", and had begun implementing them. He said the Government was considering options for a redress scheme to support those who suffered harm as a result of their time at Fiskville, and improving accountability of the departments and agencies responsible for the health and safety of firefighters.
The UFU has said it is pleased with the the Government's response: UFU members should be proud of their efforts in achieving this result.
Read more: Fiskville Final Report; Victorian Government's Response to the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee's Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville; UFU Bulletin
Union calls for review after horror week on roads
The Transport Workers' Union has called for an urgent review of Federal and State road safety agencies following a spate of truck crashes in which six people were killed in just three days. Four people died in truck crashes in NSW, one in Victoria and one in Western Australia between November 14 and 16. Since the start of October, 26 people have died in truck crashes, including eight truck drivers, highlighting trucking as Australia's deadliest job.
"In April the Government tore down a road safety watchdog that was holding wealthy retailers and manufacturers to account for safety in their supply chains. We are now seeing the effects of this lack of scrutiny and the effects of the financial pressure they are clearly putting trucking companies and drivers under," said TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon. Read more, and send a message: TWU Media Release
Summer and skin cancer
A last reminder to check that your workplace is ready for summer. Cancer Council Victoria says that workplace sun-related injuries and disease not only kill workers, but have cost Australian workplaces $63 million in compensation payments over the last decade. Outdoor workers receive up to 10 times more exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation - putting them at significantly higher risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Every year in Australia, 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancer diagnoses can be attributed to UV exposure in the workplace.
CCV has many useful resources for workplaces, including the FREE SunSmart App which can tell users when sun protection is recommended for their location using forecast information from the Bureau of Meteorology website and live UV data from ARPANSA.
Also, CCV's SunSmart program offers workplace training
sessions to help educate organisations and their workers about the
harmful effects of UV radiation. Delivered by trained educators, these
include an overview of skin cancer and UV-related injuries, practical
solutions to reduce UV risk in the workplace, a guide to skin checks,
and the optional inclusion of a Skin Damage Viewer that reveals hidden UV
To book, or for more information, contact SunSmart on (03) 9514 6419, email, or visit the SunSmart website. Read more on Sunlight: UV Radiation.
BE TRADES HALL TRAINED: VTHC OHS Training Centre
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International Union News
UK: New guide on Occupational Hygiene for HSRs
A new guide to occupational hygiene for union health and safety representatives has been published jointly by the UK's TUC and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). The organisations say the role of an occupational hygienist is 'extremely important' in ensuring that workers are protected and that necessary health tests and surveillance are carried out. The report points out that 99 per cent of work-related deaths in the UK each year are the result of occupational diseases, with injuries contributing just 1 per cent to the occupational death toll.
Announcing the publication of the new guide, BOHS chief executive Steve Perkins said: "We are delighted to collaborate with the TUC on this essential new publication for union health and safety representatives. The current levels of mortality, and morbidity rates, caused by occupational disease in Britain, are unacceptable and must be tackled via a concerted and highly focused approach. As a Society, we believe this collaborative approach, typified by partnership endeavours such as the new BOHS/TUC guide and our other similar projects to share expertise and guidance, is key to Britain's future success in worker health protection." TUC head of safety, Hugh Robertson, added: "It is unacceptable in a modern, civilised society that each year, thousands of workers in Britain should battle ill-health and lose their lives as a result of occupational health hazards which can effectively be controlled by the application of simple occupational hygiene principles." He concluded: "Union health and safety representatives, working in partnership with occupational hygienists, are in a unique position to help spearhead important transformational change in workplaces to bring health on a par with safety and ensure that work-related health risks are no longer overlooked in Britain's workplaces."
Read more: TUC publication notice. Occupational hygiene explained: A guide for union health and safety representatives, TUC/BOHS, November 2016.[pdf] Source: Risks 778
Quatar: International building union secures inspections
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), the global trade union for construction workers, that will permit joint labour and accommodation inspections on World Cup projects in Qatar from January 2017. The joint inspections will initially focus on projects that are being built by multinational companies that are headquartered in countries where BWI currently has representation. To date the companies that fall under the agreement are from Austria, Belgium, Italy, India, and Cyprus – companies all employed on SC projects. As well as the joint labour and accommodation inspections that will take place regularly throughout the duration of the agreement, the SC and BWI will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) that will manage the inspections and reporting obligations. The JWG will meet to review the work that has been done to date and produce an independent report that will be released to the public after every JWG meeting. Read more: BWI Media Release Source Risks 778
Diesel exhaust at legal levels cause cancer fumes
A major Australian study has found a significant association between legal levels of workplace diesel exhaust (DE) and lung cancer, prompting calls for more stringent occupational exposure limits. The Western Australian researchers found that although the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists recommends a DE exposure limit of 100ug/m^3 (micrograms per cubic metre) EC (elemental carbon) over eight hours, exposure to an EC level of just 44ug/m^3 across an entire underground mining career equates to 38 extra lung cancer deaths per 1000 male workers.
"When working for 45 years as an underground diesel loader operator (at 59ug/m^3 EC), the excess number of lung cancer deaths would be 79 and 46 per 1000 men and women, respectively," they say. Workers exposed to much lower EC levels (like 14ug/m^3 – the mean for Western Australian surface miners), or exposed to DE across short underground mining careers of five years, are also at an increased risk of lung cancer, they found.
"Worldwide, DE exposure levels are expected to decrease over time as a result of increasingly stringent emission standards. US and European regulations are driving the conversion from older to newer diesel engine technology," the researchers say. But Australia "lags behind", with traditional diesel engines still used in off-road heavy-duty equipment and many on-road vehicles, which are "likely to be responsible for ongoing and substantial emission of DE, adversely affecting the health of exposed workers". According to the researchers, DE exposures are particularly high for underground mine workers, and could have considerable adverse health effects, including bronchial irritation and neurophysiological symptoms, in addition to cancer. "Further exposure regulation is therefore warranted," they say.
Susan Peters, et al, Australia, Estimation of quantitative levels of diesel exhaust exposure and the health impact in the contemporary Australian mining industry [abstract]. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Online first November 2016, doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-103808. Source: OHSAlert
OHS Regulator News
WorkSafe Victoria News
Safety Soapbox November
In the editorial in the latest edition of WorkSafe's Safety Soapbox, posted on November 25, WorkSafe's Construction Strategy and Prevention Manager Barry Dunn writes about the findings of the regulator's July focus campaign on falls prevention. Falls remain a leading cause of death and serious injury in construction, and the extent of harm caused by falls is staggering:
- Over the past ten years there have been at least 17 Victorian construction workers killed due to falls from height.
- In the past five years falls injured more than 1,350 construction workers so severely that they required time off work on workers' compensation.
also has information on WorkSafe's Cross Border Campaign site inspections and news from other jurisdictions.
There were 65 Reported Incidents (attached to Safety Soapbox) in the construction, utility, quarrying and mining industries In the period from 4 – 17 November including: 17 near misses, 26 lacerations, four fractures, three electric shocks, and one amputation. As always, several of the near misses could have been fatal - not only to workers but also the general public. For example, in one 'near miss', a one metre (approximate) piece of material fell from level six of a building and landed on a member of public's car. Access the November 25 Safety Soapbox edition online, including the link to the list of reported incidents.
Safety blitz targets demolition sites
Last week WorkSafe inspectors began a month-long blitz targeting dangerous and sub-standard demolition work. Inspectors are due to visit more than 800 demolition and construction sites across the state to ensure work is carried out as safely as possible.
WorkSafe Construction Program Manager, Dermot Moody, said building and demolition companies that failed to follow appropriate safe procedures when undertaking demolition work were risking disaster. "Demolition can be high risk and the exposure of any worker or member of the public to injury from unsafe demolition work is unacceptable," Mr Moody said. "Too often WorkSafe inspectors have had to attend sites where demolition has gone wrong or work practices have put people at risk. By zeroing in on demolition work over the next four weeks we want to drive home the message that those in charge must meet their health and safety responsibilities or face the consequences."
Read more: WorkSafe Media Release
Queensland: Dreamworld issued 10 prohibition and improvement notices
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors have completed their safety audits of Dreamworld amusement rides, issuing three prohibition notices and seven improvement notices to the theme park. "None of the notices relates to guest safety. They're focused on the safety of staff and maintenance workers," State Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said. "I welcome Dreamworld's commitment to comply with these notices in full before re-opening. No amusement ride at Dreamworld will open unless it's 100 per cent safe."
The safety blitz on Queensland's theme parks was launched after four tourists were killed when their raft flipped over on Dreamworld's popular Thunder River Rapids ride on 25 October.
Ms Grace said to date 65 audits had been completed at Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Movieworld and Wet'n'Wild. "Audits of amusement rides at Seaworld, Aussie World and Australia Zoo are ongoing and will be completed by the end of November. These audits are about assuring theme park visitors and ensuring public confidence in Queensland's prime tourism attractions ahead of the busy Christmas holiday season." Read more: Queensland Government Media Release
Serious concerns with recycling industry after multiple incidents
After several recent serious incidents in the waste recycling industry WorkSafeWA has voiced serious concerns. WorkSafeWA Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said this week that the regulator would continue to focus on the industry in an effort to improve safety standards and prevent further serious incidents. "Recent months have been quite disastrous for the waste recycling industry, with two deaths and several very serious injuries, and this is a real cause for concern," Mr Kirwin said. "A major proactive inspection program on the scrap metal recycling sector conducted by WorkSafe in 2014/15 raised several serious issues, so a further proactive program was carried out in the 2015/16 financial year." Read more: WorkSafeWA announcement
Alert issued after worker drowns in waste pond A worker assisting with the day-to-day activities at a septic liquid waste pond facility drowned when he slipped into one of the ponds. On the day of the incident he had to manually stop the water pump that controlled the level of liquid waste in the pond. The pond in which he drowned contained three metres of liquid waste, the walls were very steep and lined with a slippery geomembrane. There were no surrounding barriers to prevent him from slipping into the pond. The alert sets out the contributing factors and action required.
Read more: Safety Alert 7
Employee fatally injured after falling from forklift
WorkSafeWA has issued another safety alert after an employee was fatally injured when the wooden box he was standing in overbalanced and fell on top of him. The employee had been using the box balanced on the tines of a forklift and raised to a height of two metres to wash the cab of his truck. The box was not secured in any way to the tines of the forklift. The alert explains the factors contributing to the fatality and what actions should have been taken. Read more: Safety Alert 8
Safe Work Australia news
As at November 22, there had been 157 fatalities reported to Safe Work Australia - this is nine more notifications since the last update in SafetyNet on November 8 - nine more families who have lost a loved one. Four of these deaths were in the Transport, postal and warehouse sector, two fatalities in the agriculture and in the construction sectors. The fatalities this year:
- 57 in the Transport, postal and warehouse sector;
- 36 in Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
- 25 in Construction;
- 7 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services and in Arts & recreation services;
- 6 in the Mining sector ;
- 5 in 'Other services';
- 2 each in Administrative & support services; Accommodation & Food services; Retail trade; Information media & telecommunications; Public administration & safety; and
- 1 each in Manufacturing, Health care & social assistance; Professional, scientific & technical services 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 remains that for May 2016, during which there were 17 work-related notifiable fatalities - one fewer than in April. To download the report, go to the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report webpage.
Company fined 90k after customer injured
Robot Trading Co Pty Ltd, a company that operating a number of building supply warehouses and retail sales outlets in Victoria, has been fined $90,000 after a customer purchasing a pack of steel roofing was injured on 11 April 2013. The customer was asked to move his truck outside the warehouse for the sheets to be loaded. He was standing in the truck's tray while a forklift loaded the roofing sheets - which then fell from the forklift and onto his leg causing injury. Robot Trading failed to ensure that the risks associated with the interaction between forklifts and pedestrians in the loading process outside the warehouse had been reduced as far as reasonable practicable. The risk, to which persons other than employees were exposed, was that of serious injury by being hit by mobile plant or its load at the workplace. The company could have reduced the risk by designating a driver exclusion zone with physical barriers as a truck loading zone outside the warehouse and designating a driver safety zone with physical barriers. Robot Trading pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court and was, without conviction, fined of $90,000.
Building company breaches Prohibition Notice - gets slap on the wrist
Hayden Bromley Building Pty Ltd was constructing a new two storey home located in Cardigan, a suburb of Ballarat. On 25 August 2015, two workers were handling a cement sheet to be fixed to a second storey wall. They were on top of the sloped roof of the single storey section of the house (3.6m high), standing on a scaffold plank suspended between two step ladders. A WorkSafe inspector saw they were working without fall protection around the scaffold plank, the perimeter of the roof in their vicinity and a large window void on the wall being clad, creating a risk of serious injury or death. The inspector directed the workers to come down and issued a Prohibition notice prohibiting any further work being conducted on the single-storey roof while a risk of fall from height remained.
However, on two subsequent visits, it was observed that works had been completed in contravention of the Prohibition notice. It was reasonably practicable for the offender to prepare a safe work method statement (SWMS) prior to work from height commencing and to ensure that work was performed in accordance with the SWMS, and to control the risk of fall from height by way of using a boom lift or providing scaffold to the roof abutting the area. The offender pleaded guilty and was without conviction placed on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for two years, with the special conditions that the Managing Director and site Supervisor complete Certificate III qualifications in occupational health and safety, and to donate $10,000 to the Royal Children's Hospital. The offender was also ordered to pay costs of $3,386.
Source: WorkSafe Prosecution Result Summaries & Enforceable Undertakings webpage
Man charged over Eagle Farm fatalities
Last week a man was charged in the Brisbane Magistrates Court with two counts of manslaughter relating to acts of negligence on an Eagle Farm Racecourse construction site on 6 October 2016 (see SafetyNet 383). According to Queensland Police, Claudio D'Alessandro of Merrimac was in charge of two workers who were killed in a cube-shaped drainage pit when two concrete wall panels fell over while the fourth and final wall was being lifted into place by a crane. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, which is still investigating the fatalities, issued a safety alert after the tragedy.
Company fined $200,000, without conviction, after cyclist killed
In October 2013, a DGL worker was driving a prime mover fitted with a vehicle loading crane on a public road when the crane's left-hand stabiliser arm extended as the prime mover made a right turn. The stabiliser arm then struck and killed a cyclist travelling in the same direction.
The court found that the stabiliser arms were supposed to be secured by primary and secondary locking mechanisms, but the mechanism failed because it was not compliant with Australian Standards and the worker had not been trained to operate it. Though the worker was an experienced driver, he had never driven the prime mover before; he had not been instructed on the crane operator's manual, which wasn't kept in the truck's cabin; and there were no records of any instructions the worker had received through his on-the-job training. Further, another worker identified a defect in the left-hand stabiliser arm's secondary locking mechanism eight months before the incident, but it wasn't repaired.
Magistrate Sheryl Cornack did not convict the company as it had never been prosecuted for a work safety breach, entered a timely guilty plea after withdrawing from an Enforceable Undertaking process, and installed audible alarms to warn when stabiliser arms weren't secured in all of its vehicles.
Transport company convicted and fined $180,000 after worker crushed to death
In May 2012, a Richers Transport Pty Ltd employee was connecting a crane's hydraulic lines to a log-grab attachment – to unload timber poles from the truck at a construction site – when he was fatally crushed between the crane and one of its stabiliser legs. The worker inadvertently struck a lever on the crane's remote control, which was hanging around his waist, causing the crane to quickly rotate towards him and pin him against the stabiliser.
Richers Transport failed to: identify the task as hazardous; provide sufficient supervision by an experienced crane operator; provide adequate induction and training on operating the crane; or have specific written procedures for loading and unloading the truck. The court also found alternative, safer, plant could have been provided.
Employer fined, without conviction, in another quad bike death
Rural employer DA&JF Camm Pty Ltd was fined $125,000, without conviction, over the quad bike death of a 21-year-old inexperienced station hand in June 2013. The worker was not wearing a helmet while mustering when she fell off and sustained fatal head injuries.
Townsville Magistrate Steven Mosch found the worker was unfamiliar with the operation of the quad bike, she had no previous experience working with cattle, and there was no evidence that she was a competent rider. He found the station had a helmet policy, but didn't enforce it.
China: Another massacre of Chinese workers
At least 74 people have been confirmed dead after a platform of a power plant's cooling tower under construction collapsed in east China's Jiangxi Province last Thursday morning November 24in the country's worst work-safety accident in over two years. Almost all of those working on a scaffolding tower that was erected during the building of the cooling tower died when it collapsed into rubble, the latest deadly industrial accident in a country which has poor safety standards for workers.
About 500 rescue workers, including paramilitary police officers, dug through the debris with their hands, according to state broadcaster CCTV. It showed debris strewn across the floor of the cavernous, 165-meter (545-foot) -high concrete cooling tower, in the middle of which stood an unfinished structure. Images posted online showed twisted steel, slabs of concrete and metal bars in a heap in a huge building that appeared to be a water tower.
Chinese authorities say they have detained 13 people over the incident. Although authorities did not disclose details about the 13 detentions, the focus of the investigation has turned to the power plant's operator, Jiangxi Ganneng, and a major engineering firm, Hebei Yineng, which has taken on multiple high-profile power plant projects and has a history of workplace fatalities.
Read more: Scaffolding tower collapses at Chinese construction site, killing 74 The Telegraph;
ABC News online
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).
Tonight! November 30: Dangerous Goods Advisory Group Meeting
The sixth DGAG Meeting for 2016, will be on Wednesday 30th November 2016, in Richmond at the MFB Burnley Complex, 450 Burnley St, Richmond 3121
Melways Map 44 G12 (or Inner City 2H D12).
5.30pm for 6pm - 8.45pm meeting, from 5.45pm
Topics to be discussed:
- Hazardous Chemicals / Dangerous Goods Incidents
- The ADG Transport Code & Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code & IATA Regs, etc
- Dangerous Goods (Storage & Handling) Issues
- Update on the GHS Hazardous Chemicals Regs, Codes, Classification and Training
- Information sharing
- Other Meetings and Groups
End of Year Pizzas are kindly being provided by the MFB during the meeting - followed by a meal (for those interested) in Richmond. More information: Haztech.
And finally: A Swingin' Bella Christmas - Bella Union, December 21, 22, 23
For those who have never attended this now iconic event at the Bella Union at Trades Hall. Get your tickets quick as they sell out. This is a fabulous way to end the year, lots of fun, singing and listening to wonderful musicians and entertainers - three nights with three different lots of guests:
- Tim Rogers Wednesday 21st December
- Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier Thursday 22nd December
- Scott Edgar, Steven Gates & Eddie Perfect Friday 23rd December
Be there or be square. More information: A Swingin' Bella Christmas