If you have an OHS related event you would like us to advertise, please email Renata with details, including cost, and where to RSVP.

* HSRs are entitled to attend this course every year subsequent to attending the Initial OHS training 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 Melbourne in 2019:

  • Certificate IV WHS Course - Melbourne: Part 1: 12 – 14 March;  Part 2: 15 -18 April
  • Preventing Workplace Bullying and Harassment (Note: a $25 fee will apply)
    Melbourne March 8 or August 8

Course information and applications can be found on the ACTU Website here.

For more information, email or phone Chris Hughes (03 9664 7389 Mon-Fri) or Anna Pupillo (03 9664 7334 Mon-Wed & Fri).

March 6: CHCN (Chemical Hazards Communication Network) Meeting
The next meeting of the CHCN will be held on Wednesday March 6. The network meeting is an opportunity to discuss a range of issues such as Classification matters; Labelling and SDS issues; Chemical Hazard Communication Regulatory Matters; Australian, EU & USA Hazardous Chemical Management developments; upcoming events and meetings; and much more. The CHCN usually has between 15 and 20 attending, so please RSVP if possible.

When: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start, to 8.30pm, March 6 
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. Melways reference is Map 56 K2 (or 2J A4). Please park in Clark St. 
Cost: a donation of $4-$5 to cover costs Tea, coffee and snacks provided (Everyone is invited to a meal afterwards which will be at the Emerald Elephant Thai Restaurant. 179 Bay St Port Melbourne 3207, ph: 03-9646-4615 (west side of Bay St, about half way between Graham St and Liardet St (Melway Ref: 2J 5E).

Please RSVP via email to: Richard Greenwood  RG Chemical Safety, Convenor & Chairperson of CHCN or Jeff Simpson. Hazardous Chemicals & Regulatory Affairs Consultant and Co-convener of CHCN

Note: The following DGAG meeting will be at the MFB Complex near the Burnley Railway Station, on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

March 12: Central Safety Group 
An explosive hazard hidden in plain sight
Combustible dust can be a hidden chemical hazard in workshops, factories, storage facilities and many other places. Because it's not classified as a hazardous substance or as dangerous goods, it is often ignored in workplace procedures and risk control. The significance of this will be discussed by chemical hazards expert Richard Greenwood.

The consequences of not recognising the presence of combustible dust were dramatically demonstrated recently when two workers doing routine maintenance were seriously injured in a workplace explosion in Victoria. The result was an Enforceable Undertaking for the company involved, including preparation of basic workplace training materials and a video for awareness of the hazard. Richard will talk about this case as part of its compliance with WorkSafe's Enforceable Undertaking.

When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Where: To be advised
Cost: attendance members free, non-members $10
Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
[Individual membership fee for 2018: $70]

Book online here. RSVP by close of business Friday 8 March 2019

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