Trades Hall OHS Network and Injured Workers Support Network Launch Event

We've been working on something that we're really excited to show you, and we've been having a good old fashioned party to celebrate.

Many of you will be familiar with our OHS Reps website, a trove of knowledge for workers and HSRs. And while you might be thinking, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," we're excited to launch our new website with a gathering of the people who get the most out of it: our friends and fellow HSRs! And on top of this we're launching the totally brand new Injured Workers' Support Network website!

These are two really important sites that are going to let the OHS Network more effectively deliver news, safety information and stronger campaigning. It really is a big step, and something worth celebrating.

Plus we've got a bunch of new merch we want to get out to you!

RSVP here so we can make sure there's enough food and drinks to go around. 

Dangerous Goods Advisory Group Meeting, Thurs 1st August  

5.30pm for 6.00pm - 8.30pm - MFB Burnley Complex - 5.30pm for 6pm - 8.30pm meeting V2

The DGAG bimonthly meeting is a general networking / update meeting, open to all, to discuss issues that are going on for Dangerous Goods and Chemical Regulation at the moment.

Central Safety Group lunchtime talk Tuesday 13 August
Non-members welcome!

RSVP by COB Friday 9 August

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The real impact of shift work and workplace fatigue It is estimated around 20% of the Australian workforce is involved in some form of shift work, many of them in roles critical for public safety.  The challenges of shift work and occupational fatigue have long been acknowledged, but recent research has increased understanding of the negative consequences of working against the body clock.

Dr Tracey Sletten of Monash University and the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity will be presenting some of the latest findings and recommendations in this area to Central Safety Group on Tuesday, 13 August.

Tracey has been working closely with several industries including aviation, transport and healthcare, researching the effects of shift work and sleep loss on workers in their operations. This work has included interventions to improve alertness, health and safety.

As well as the best way to manage shift work, Tracey will discuss the need for cultural change to address the growing incidence of sleep loss in the general population linked to modern lifestyles.

Meeting Details

Topic: The real impact of shift work and workplace fatigue
Speaker: Dr Tracey Sletten, Monash University
When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
Where: Level 19 (Board Room 1), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, between Queen & Elizabeth Streets (DXC Technology)
Cost: attendance members free, non-members $10
Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
[Individual membership fee for 2019: $70]
Book Now
Please indicate whether you are having lunch.
Or contact Jane Loudon, Secretary, Central Safety Group phone 9387 9768 | mobile 0417 040 252

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. This is in addition to courses in our usual locations. If you have any questions on the registration process or the courses themselves, send an email to Lisa Mott (or call her on 03 9659 3511). Below are the dates for the next few courses run by the VTHC OHS Training Centre.

HSR Initial OHS training course HSR Refresher OHS Training Courses*
  • August 5 - 9, (Education), Abbotsford
  • August 5 - 9, Ballarat
  • August 12 - 16, Carlton
  • August 19, Education, Abbotsford (Full)
  • August 21, General, Carlton
  • August 22, Disability Services, Carlton
  • August 30, General, Geelong

* 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:

  1. Preventing Workplace Bullying and Harassment (Note: a $25 fee will apply)
    Melbourne: August 8
    Part 1 14th – 16th October 2019 
    Part 2 12th – 15th November 2019 
    The course will be delivered at the ACTU (VIC). 
    Course and enrolment details here
.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).

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