SafetyNet 459, October 3, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of SafetyNet.
It is with great sadness that we report that a 12 year old boy was killed in an incident involving a tractor on Sunday September 30.
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12 year old boy killed in farm incident
At about 7.30am on Sunday September 30, a twelve year old boy's body was found in a field on a farm in Leitchville in northern Victoria. He had been using the tractor and spreading fertilizer, and had got off the tractor for some reason. The tractor continued to move, striking and killing him. Police are preparing a report for the Coroner, and WorkSafe Victoria will conduct an investigation. The death of a child in such circumstances is a tragedy which should never occur.
This fatality brings the official total of workplace fatalities to 20.
7pm TONIGHT: Webinar on Diesel
Tune in tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm for the next installment of the VTHC OHS Unit's webinar series. Due to some requests from our membership, the topic is diesel exhaust fumes, which are extremely toxic but often go unaddressed in the workplace.
The stream will be live in the We Are Union: OHS Network Facebook group, where you'll be able to ask our special guest Jen Hines, an occupational hygienist and expert in the field, questions.
You have to be a member of the group to participate - so if you are not a member, then click here to ask to join - you will be asked a few questions. The closed group is open to HSRs, deputies and other workers interested in OHS. The webinar will soon be loaded onto the Diesel page of the website.
Important changes to the OHS Act
There have been a number of changes to Victoria's OHS Act as a result of the Treasury and Finance Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 receiving Royal Assent on Tuesday 25 September 2018.
The Treasury and Finance Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (TAFLA Act) makes amendments to the:
- Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act);
- Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act);
- Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994 (EPS Act);
- Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act); and the
- Accident Compensation Act 1986 (AC Act)
to enhance the efficiency of these Acts. All amendments came into effect on 26 September 2018. The main changes to the OHS Act of interest to health and safety reps are:
- Section 36 (on involving HSRs in consultation) has now been absorbed into s35. This change has the effect of clarifying that a failure to undertake the consultation procedure to involve HSRs amounts to a failure to consult under section 35, and is an offence under the Act
- Serving a PIN by email. Section 64 has been amended to remove the requirement for a HSR to get the consent of the employer to be able to serve the PIN by email.
- Changes to s131 (Procedure if prosecution is not brought) to allow sufficient time for WorkSafe to complete thorough and comprehensive investigations in response to prosecution requests.
HSRs should amend their copies of the OHS Act now.
REMINDER: VTHC Conference October 30, Register now!!
We are fast approaching the year's best and biggest event for HSRs, the VTHC HSR Conference, which is taking place on Tuesday October 30. The theme of this year's conference is "Section 58: Powers of the HSR". The Conference is open to all Health and Safety Representatives, Deputy Health and Safety Representatives and Union Officials across Victoria. Sign-in will start at 8am with event kicking off at 9am. Following the success of two non-metropolitan events last year, there will be a choice of four locations this year:
- Melbourne: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Bendigo: Bendigo Trades Hall Council
- Wodonga: La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus
- Morwell: Federation University Churchill Campus, Northways Road, Churchill
Cost and registration:
As always, there is no cost to attend the conference (it's FREE!). WorkSafe Victoria has granted approval for the Conference under s69 - and this means elected HSRs must be released on paid leave to attend the event. While deputy HSRs are welcome to attend, there is no obligation on the employer to release deputies on paid leave. Many however, agree to do so. Registrations are now open - so register now. Remember that you must give your employer at least 14 days' notice. For more information, to download the approval letters to take to your employer and to register, go to the 2018 Conference website.
For several months been trying to become an HSR within my organisation. We have several vacancies for HSRs however the management OHS officer has somehow taken control of the HSR elections. I have sent him several emails expressing my interest in a position, but there has been absolutely no response. I have the support of other HSRs and workers in the organisation. How do we take back the control of the current HSR group? Also what process is involved for an election for the replacement HSRs as currently the OHS officer is stating that he is going to hold them.
My advice is to call your union organiser in to assist you. There are two ways of doing this:
- he/she can enter using the ARREO Entry Permit – on the suspicion that there is a breach of the Act/regulations.
- if you have issues here, then get one of the already elected HSRs to 'seek the assistance' of the organiser under s58(1)(f) of the Act
The OHS Act is clear when it comes to the election of HSRs. The members of the DWG have the right to determine how an election for their HSR is to be held [s54(4)]. It is not automatically up to the employer to control and/or run the elections. The only circumstance in which this might happen is if the members of the DWG unanimously agree that the election should be conducted by the employer. This section says that if the members do not reach agreement within a reasonable time, then any member of the DWG may arrange for a WorkSafe inspector to either conduct the election OR if the inspector considers it appropriate, appoint someone else to conduct the election.
So the process must be wrested from the employer as soon as possible, and I think you really need the union's help here. The members of the DWGs without HSRs need to take this in hand – as do the members of your DWG if they want to ensure the process is not captured by the management. The VTHC has materials to assist with this process.
If the workers take control of who the HSRs are, then these HSRs will be their reps, and will not (should not!) allow themselves to be 'captured' by the management. See Health and Safety Representatives
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.
October 15: Anniversary of West Gate disaster
Every year a memorial service is held for the 35 workers who lost their lives when a span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed at 11.50am on this day in 1970. Once again, 48 years later, families, work colleagues and unionists will gather at 11.30am on Monday October 15, at the base of the bridge at the West Gate Memorial on Douglas Pde to remember Australia's worst industrial disaster. The invitation to attend is open to everyone.
For more information on the disaster, including other stories and the outcome of the Royal Commission, go to the West Gate Bridge Memorial website. Also, on the Google Arts and Culture website, checkout the online exhibition: Disaster at West Gate. In May this year This Bridge, a novel by Melbourne writer Enza Gandolfo was published. It is a fictionalised account of the events of that day and the long lasting effects the disaster had on the families and the community - recommended reading.
Aviation workers protest over pay and conditions
Workers at Australia's five main airports staged a protest on pay and working conditions as part of a global day of action yesterdaytoday, with flight disruptions and delays expected.
Staff across the board from baggage handlers, check in officers and security will walk off the job to attend a public demonstration led by the Transport Workers' Union (TWU), who are calling on the federal government to "mandate airports and airlines responsible for labour standards".
The Transport Workers Union says its campaign is part of a broader day of action, arguing many within the sector are being forced into part-time hours and split shifts. The protests coincide with the release of its submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into economic regulation of airports.
"Airport workers have seen their jobs downgraded in recent years with a majority on forced part-time hours," the TWU said. "The low rates, split shifts and poor conditions have led to workers forced to sleep at airports."
Read more: Third world conditions exposed at Australia's airports. TWU
New Inquiry into the gig economy
The Andrews Labor Government will launch an Australian-first inquiry into the on-demand workforce and gig economy, following widespread claims of workers being underpaid and poorly treated. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins has announced the Victorian Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce, which will investigate the conditions of workers working to digital platforms.
The inquiry will be chaired by former Commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James and will investigate the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria. The establishment of the inquiry follows widespread concern about the wages and conditions being offered to workers in the on-demand gig economy, where people are often categorised as independent contractors. There are also concerns from many businesses about the lack of a level playing field. Minister for Finance Robin Scott said "The inquiry will examine Victoria's capacity to protect the rights of vulnerable workers in the absence of a meaningful national approach."
Read more: Government Media release
New asbestos compliance codes
The Minister for Finance, Robin Scott, has approved the making of the new Managing asbestos in workplaces compliance code and Removing asbestos in workplaces compliance code. The new codes come into effect on Thursday 4 October 2018, and will be available from tomorrow on the WorkSafe website.
Victoria: Power station decommissioning
Alcoa Australia is planning the demolition of the main power station building at the Anglesea power station this week. The company has assured the community that the demolition will not take place unless the wind is blowing away from the township. In an interview with Jon Faine on the ABC this week, Andrew Laird, Surf Coast Air Action Group activist and Anglesea resident, said they were told earlier this week that it was proposed that the demolition occur this Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Laird recalled the CFMEU had been very critical of the previous attempted demolition.
CFMEU's OHS Manager, Dr Gerry Ayers, told SafetyNet that the union had not been consulted prior to the first, botched, demolition: had it been many of the problems would have been avoided. The company has now brought in new explosives experts Alfords from the UK, who have vastly more experience and success in such processes. The union has also now met with both WorkSafe and the local demolition contractor, Industrial Demolitions. Dr Ayers said, "Given the uncertainty of the structure's overall integrity and long term stability after the first attempt – it was too big a risk to attempt to demolish it in any other way other than an explosive methodology. We have however, stressed to WorkSafe Victoria and the contractor in the strongest possible terms, that the explosives approach to any demolition is only to be used in exceptional and extraordinary circumstances, and as a very last resort, after all other traditional demolition options have been exhausted and proven not possible; especially in terms of health and safety."
The CFMEU is satisfied that the processes and preparation for the demolition have been much more thorough. The union has requested and it has been agreed to: increased exclusion zones; full security with both park rangers and police assisting the private security company engaged by the contractor – as well as their own employees acting as exclusion marshalls; increased asbestos monitoring both around the immediate vicinity and the exclusion zones; increased water suppression to commence after the explosion and continued throughout the entire clean-up; and all materials to be moved around the site and/or taken away to be washed down/decontaminated.
Read more: WorkSafe Media release. The Age
Victoria: Latrobe City Council rejects asbestos cell bid
An on-site asbestos dump for waste material from the old Morwell Power Station was knocked back by Latrobe City councillors this week who said it failed to meet council guidelines. This means that up to 15,000 cubic metres of asbestos waste could be trucked to the other side of Melbourne as early as December.
The vote against the application to grant a planning permit was unanimous (except for one councillor who declared a conflict of interest), despite the asbestos cell being approved by the Environment Protection Authority in July.
Energy Brix Remediation general manager Barry Dungey, who addressed council as one of six guest speakers on the issue, said the company was yet to rule out whether it would appeal the decision to VCAT.
The Council's decision means up to 15,000 cubic metres of asbestos waste from the Morwell Power Station could be trucked 200 kilometres to the other side of Melbourne, to Bulla, in Melbourne's west. Slater and Gordon Asbestos lawyer Stephen Plunkett yesterday said this posed serious risks to communities along the journey, "While the thought of storing large amounts of asbestos in Morwell might appear to be unnerving, if constructed correctly, a local cell should result in absolutely no risk to local residents," he said. Read more: The Latrobe Valley Express ; Concerns over bid to move Vic asbestos, Yahoo7
ASEA Conference - register now
If you are interested in any aspects of work and asbestos, then register for this year's ASEA conference 'Asbestos: the next national plan - proactivity, prevention, planning'. This year's conference will focus on the future of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness - what is the direction of the next national plan and what will it look like?
ASEA has announced that it is extending its early bird registration discount: register by October 12 and save $100. For more information on what to expect at this year's event, visit ASEA's website.
International Union News
October 7, 2018: World Day for Decent Work
Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. International trade union confederation ITUC, which coordinates the event, says year's global theme, 'Change the Rules', highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating labour rights in many countries, documented in the ITUC Global Rights Index. "The rules are stacked against working people, and that is why we have unprecedented and destructive levels of economic inequality and insecurity while a small number of global conglomerates like Amazon amass incalculable riches for a very few," said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow. "There is enough wealth in the world to meet the challenges of our time – creating decent work for all, ensuring universal social protection, tackling climate change and all the other things that need to be done to ensure that people can live in dignity on a sustainable planet. But the rules need to change. And to achieve that, we need to build workers' power."
According to a 2017 ITUC global poll, 80 per cent of people say the minimum wage in their country is too low. The campaign is calling to End Corporate Greed: The World Needs a Pay Rise. Read more: ITUC news release and World Day for Decent Work webpage. ITUC Global Rights Index. Source: Risks 868
Pakistan: Black Day
Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF) and IndusriALL Pakistan Council (IPC) marked Black Day on September 28 by holding protests and demonstrations/rallies all over the country in memory of the 98 coal miners killed and the 70 injured in the past nine months in different coal mine incidents in Pakistan. This is not the first protest this year (see: Anger soars over frequent fatalities in mines)
The protesters said, "The owners and managers of mines don't care for poor workers, because for them money is more important than coal miners' lives. At every such incident, local people and Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation members and coal miners come forward to rescue the victims. This reflects belated response of officials concerned to such disasters."
Between 100 and 200 laborers on average die in coalmine incidents every year but many of these are not recorded in print media/electronic media because mine owners are powerful in Pakistan's tribal society. Mr. Sultan Muhammad Khan Secretary General PCMLF said, "The workers in the mines are employed through contractors and sub-contractors, who not only exploit the workers by paying them a mere pittance, but also do not provide any proper safety equipment".
Source: PCMLF/IPC Media release
Rubber industry workers - study confirms elevated cancer risks
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined there is sufficient evidence that working in the rubber manufacturing industry increases the risk of cancers of the stomach, lung, bladder and leukaemia and lymphoma.
Researchers sought to examine mortality patterns of a prospective cohort of men from the rubber and cable manufacturing industries in Great Britain. Standard mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated for males aged 35+ years at start of follow-up in 1967–2015 using the population of England and Wales as the external comparator. The researchers concluded that the study provided evidence of excess risks in the rubber industry for some
non-cancer diseases and supports IARC's conclusions in relation to risks
for cancers of the bladder, lung and stomach, but not for leukaemia,
NHL or multiple myeloma.
Source: Damien Martin McElvenny, et al: British rubber and cable industry cohort: 49-year mortality follow-up http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2017-104834 Occupational and Environmental Medicine
OHS Regulator News
WorkSafe to have a say over MHF neighbourhoods
The Victorian Government has locked in a planning policy requiring authorities to seek the advice of WorkSafe Victoria and the State Industry and Employment Minister before rezoning land, as a residential area, within a threshold distance of a major hazard facility (MHF).
Defined as sites that store, handle and process large quantities of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods exceeding specified quantities, MHFs include oil refineries, chemical manufacturers, gas processing plants, LPG facilities and some warehouses and transport depots. The new policy affects 38 Victorian facilities, State Planning Minister Richard Wynne said. The move was recommended by a 2016 inquiry, and ensures that the potential for major safety incidents at MHFs is factored into zoning decisions, he said. Read more: New Measures Reduce Risk From Major Hazard Facilities Vic Government media release
New guidance on Racing Safety
Over the past five years three Victorians have been killed in horse-related incidents - and in addition there have been 1018 workers compensation claims for injuries from horse racing related activities
The Horse Stables and Track Riding Safety guidebook brings together safety guidance for stables, facilities such as horse swimming pools and activities such as track riding, and gives clear examples of safe work practices. It covers stable set-up, specific hazards such as those associated with jumpouts and running rails, as well as more general occupational health and safety issues, such as the use of quadbikes and machinery, and traffic management. You can bet it's great because the Australian Workers Union contributed to its development!
WorkSafe Regional Operations Manager Ian Matthews said horse racing was a high risk industry in which safety needed to be taken extremely seriously. "The horse racing industry combines high-performance sport with agriculture, both of which pose serious occupational health and safety risks."
Quad bike rebate extended
The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorian farmers to take advantage of a 12-month extension to the rebate scheme to fit rollover protection on quad bikes, or substitute their bike for a safer alternative. Eligible quad bike owners now have until 30 September next year to take part in the $6 million scheme, which provides a $600 rebate to fit rollover protection devices to existing quadbikes, or $1200 towards safer substitute vehicles, such as side-by-sides. So far, the rebate has been used to fit more than 2,340 quad bikes with rollover protection devices, which help to prevent riders from being pinned or crushed under a quad bike if it tips over. A further 1,600 subsidies have been given to farmers and other employers to help pay for substitute vehicles.
Following an extensive awareness campaign, WorkSafe began enforcement activities to control the risk of quad bike rollovers in March this year. Employers must now take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent the risk of quad bike rollovers. This may include the fitting of rollover protection devices. Read more: Victorian government Media release
Reminder October: Health and Safety Month
WorkSafe Victoria is asking people to 'pick their event'. during October's Health and Safety Month. The keynote speaker for the opening event is Julia Gillard, ex-Prime Minister and now chair of beyondblue. While the HSR Conference is THE event for HSRs, employers might like to go along with their OHS Committee and/or reps to other events. Read more about the month, find an event and register on the WorkSafe Health and Safety Month website.
SA: Police and Infrastructure charged over employee's death in freezer
SafeWorkSA has laid criminal charges against that state's police and infrastructure departments over the death of a worker on October 4, 2016. The 54 year old woman was employed by SA Police as a cook and a cleaner when she was found dead in a freezer at the Echunga police training reserve. She had become trapped in the walk in freezer, the lock of which was not working properly, and died of hypothermia.
Following a lengthy investigation, criminal charges were laid on Friday against the worker's employer SA Police and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, which is responsible for maintaining government sites.
SafeWork SA executive director Martyn Campbell said, "South Australia Police had a duty of health and safety and failed to comply with that duty. There were a number of failures that led to the tragic death (of this worker." The maximum fine under the state's WHS Act for each department is $1.5 million. Read more: ABC News online; News.com.au
Comcare: Defence charged over cadet injuries
Federal prosecutors have laid charges against the Department of Defence after a Sydney high school student suffered serious injuries during an army cadet camp. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has filed four charges alleging the Department failed in its duties under the federal Work Health and Safety Act.
The 14-year-old boy from Sydney's Newington College was injured during the school's army cadet camp at Colo, northwest of the city, on 19 September 2016. He disappeared during an exercise and was later found unconscious at the bottom of an escarpment, suffering multiple fractures, and was airlifted to hospital. School students in the Australian Army Cadets program were "workers" to whom the Department of Defence owed duties to within the meaning of the WHS Act, Comcare said.
The charges include three Category 2 offences under section 32 of the WHS Act – exposing a person to risk of death, injury or illness. These charges relate to alleged failures in risk assessment, planning approval and supervision, with each count carrying a maximum penalty of $1.5 million. Defence is facing a further charge of failing to notify the incident to Comcare immediately, which carries a maximum penalty of $50,000. Source: Comcare Media Release
Safe Work Australia News
SWA has again updated its fatality statistics since our last edition. As of 29 September 2018, there had been 96 fatalities reported to the national body - this is one more than the last update on 13 September, in the Manufacturing sector. The workers killed so far this year have been in the following industries:
- 29 Transport, postal & warehousing
- 27 Agriculture, forestry & fishing
- 19 Construction
- 8 Manufacturing
- 5 Mining
- 2 Wholesale trade
- 2 Electricity, gas, water & waste services
- 1 Administrative and support services
- 1 Arts and recreation services
- 1 Public administration & safety
- 1 Rental, hiring and real estate
To check for updates, and for more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage).
There still has not been an updated monthly fatality report - the latest was that for December 2017, during which there 21 work-related notifiable fatalities. To download the latest report, go to the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report webpage.
Fruit and veg shop charged after customer injured
Saigon Village Pty Ltd, a fruit and vegetable retailer in the Summerhill Shopping Centre in Reservoir, has been fined $10,000 after a customer was crushed by a cool room door and rendered unconscious
On 10 October 2017 Saigon Village employees identified that the cool room door had become either partly or entirely detached from its frame. After they had manipulated the door in an attempt to fix it, it became completely detached, but they left it sitting in place as if it were operating normally. While one worker went to try to find an 'allen key' to reattach the door, the director and another employee stood by it. But when he returned without the key, they all went in search of something to fix the door, leaving it completely unattended. Moments later a customer walked down the aisle of the shop and passed the door, which fell from its frame and struck her. She was rendered unconscious with the door resting on her.
The offender pleaded guilty and was without conviction sentenced to pay a fine of $10,000 and to pay costs of $1,212.
To check for new prosecutions reported before the next edition of SafetyNet, go to the Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings webpage.
UK: Yorkshire Water fined after fitter's fire death
Yorkshire Water has been fined £733,000 (A$1,343,310) after a worker suffered fatal burns at a water treatment plant. The worker's clothes caught fire while removing valve bolts at the sewage works in July 2015. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the valve was half open and sparks reacted with high oxygen levels. The 55-year-old suffered 90 per cent burns. The only part of his body not burned was where his boots and belt had been, his partner told Leeds Crown Court. The worker, who had been with the firm eight years, died in hospital two days later. Yorkshire Water pleaded guilty to a criminal safety offence. An HSE investigation found a near miss report had been recorded at the same location in September 2014 but no action had been taken to reduce the risks. An HSE inspector described it as "a tragic and wholly avoidable incident," adding: "Those in control of work activities have a duty to identify hazards that could arise, to eliminate or to mitigate them, and to devise suitable safe systems of work."
Read more: HSE news release Source: Risks 868
Japan: Sexual harassment still not taken seriously
Progress this year towards an International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on harassment and violence in the workplace has focused attention in Japan on an issue often ignored or downplayed in the country. On 19 September, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's Labour Policy Council began serious talks on the subject. However, while industry workers and experts see the council discussion as a rare chance to put anti-harassment laws on the books, it remains unclear whether the government will act. Under Japanese law, there is nothing that prohibits harassment. Only company-led measures to prevent sexual harassment are required under equal opportunities law. Even then, the law does not have provisions on how to recognise and punish damage caused by harassers. This is seen as problematic as it does not aid victims seeking redress.
"There are several thousand cases of people seeking consultations about workplace sexual harassment at labour bureaus every year. But efforts to set up a legal framework (to handle the cases) are not progressing. It is because Japan is lacking in awareness of human rights," said Shino Naito, a vice senior researcher at the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, who specialises in workplace harassment, both domestically and internationally. The Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), which attended the ILO meeting in June considering a violence and harassment convention, believes the growing international discussion about the issue may nudge the government to get anti-harassment laws on the books.
Read more: Mainichi Shimbun. Reports of the Standard-Setting Committee on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work: Summary of proceedings, ILO, 2018. Source: Risks 868
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BE TRADES HALL TRAINED: VTHC OHS Training Centre
Make sure you attend training provided either 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).
The VTHC OHS Unit is now running courses in a number of new locations to cater for HSRs in the outer suburbs of Melbourne such as Epping. This is in addition to courses in our usual locations. Below are the dates for the next few courses at the VTHC OHS Training Centre - if you haven't yet booked in your course for this year, do it now. The full set of dates until June 2018, including Comcare courses, is on the Training program page where you can download a registration form or register online. Contact Lisa Mott on (03) 9659 3511 for any training related queries.
NOTE: some of the dates below vary from those in the last edition of the journal
|HSR Initial OHS training course||HSR Refresher OHS Training Courses*|
* HSRs are entitled to attend this course
OHS Training at the ACTU
The ACTU (Australian Council of Trade unions) runs training courses in occupational/workplace health and safety. These are the upcoming courses in 2018:
Preventing Workplace Bullying and Harassment - This course is free of charge
Sydney: 16 October
Perth: Please contact Unity Training for dates on (08) 9227 7809 M: 0417 060 360
Course information and applications can be found on the ACTU Website. For more information, email or phone Chris Hughes (03 9664 7389 Mon-Fri) or Anna Pupillo (03 9664 7334 Mon-Wed & Fri). Click here for the full calendar of ACTU training courses.
TONIGHT October 3: Chemical Hazards Communication Network
The next meeting of the Chemical Hazards Communication Network will be on next Wednesday October 3. The Agenda covers a range of issues:
- Incidents/reports from MFB, CFA and elsewhere
- ADG Transport Code and Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code & IATA Regs, etc
- DG (Storage & handling) and related issues
- Classification and training
Where: at the newly refurbished 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. Melways reference is Map 56 K2 (or 2J A4). Please RSVP via email to Richard Greenwood or Jeff Simpson. More detailed information.
October 9: Central Safety Group
A fresh look at safety inspections
According to the CSG, there has been surprisingly little research done on how inspectors assess health and safety in workplaces. Although the inspectors' task is grounded in rules and regulations, there are few measures of whether site inspections are standardised, comprehensive and non-idiosyncratic.
Dr Ross Donohue, who will speak on 9 October, has been doing ground-breaking work on this. His research found inconsistencies in how regulatory workplace inspections were conducted, with a wide variety of methodologies and measures in use. There were also few ways to check and validate assessments. As a result he has developed
When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Where: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)
Attendance: members free, non-members $10
Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
[Individual membership fee for 2018: $70]
RSVP by close of business Friday 5 October 2018. Read more here and book online or contact Jane Loudon, Secretary, Central Safety Group phone 9387 9768, mobile 0417 040 252
December 1 - 5: AIOH Conference
The 36th Conference and Exhibition of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH2018) is an international conference promoting the science and practice of worker health protection.
The theme for the conference is Occupational Hygiene: Challenges, Opportunities & Solutions, selected to represent what unites hygienists - their issues. Notwithstanding the traditional hazards occupational hygienists deal with every day, the profession is also being challenged by a changing workplace base, new technologies and a more holistic approach to workers' health.
The organisers hope the Conference will empower the profession in meeting the challenges of today but also those of the future, identify and provide opportunities to accommodate trending workplace issues and educate us on improved methods of keeping workers healthy. The conference theme will be addressed by a range of national and international occupational hygiene and safety experts at keynote presentations and concurrent sessions. A program of continuing education sessions precedes the conference and exhibition. These sessions provide a diverse range of opportunities for occupational hygienists and occupational health and safety professionals to update their knowledge and skills.
When: December 1st to 5th
Where: Crown Convention Centre, Southbank
Registration and More Information