Events

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

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. 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. You can now register and pay directly from the site here.

HSR Initial OHS training course  

September 9 – 13: Carlton AND Ballarat
October 7 – 11: Frankston
October 14 – 18: Carlton
November 11 – 15: Carlton AND Bendigo
November 18 – 22: Werribee
November 25 – 29 (Education Sector ONLY): AEU Abbotsford
December 9 – 13: Carlton

HSR Refresher OHS Training Courses*

September 18, Geelong
September 24 Carlton
October 23, Carlton
December 12 (Education Sector ONLY): AEU Abbotsford
December 16, Carlton

* 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 Melbourn

CERTIFICATE IV IN WHS
Part 1 14th – 16th October 2019  
Part 2 12th – 15th November 2019

The course will be delivered at the ACTU (VIC). 

For more information, phone Chris Hughes (03 9664 7389 Mon-Fri) or Anna Pupillo (03 9664 7334 Mon-Wed & Fri). ACTU health and safety training 

29 August:  Feminist organising across borders

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA will be hosting special guest speaker Naw K’nyaw Paw, General Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organisation, who will be in Australia to speak about the struggle for justice for the Karen people, the fight for women’s rights in the refugee camps, the stories of Karen refugees along the Thai-Myanmar border, and the pursuit of peace and security in Myanmar. The Karen Women’s Organisation is a movement dedicated to empowering Karen women to become leaders, advocates, and peace-builders - it now boasts a membership of more than 65,000 women.

When: Thursday August 29, 6 – 8pm
Where:  Kindred Studios Creative Spaces, 3 Harris Street, Yarraville, VIC 3013
Cost: $10 - Snack food provided; drinks available at Bar prices
Book your ticket now on TryBooking

29 - 31 August: Latin American Documentary Festival

Lasnet (Latin American Solidarity Network) will be showing a number of documentaries at the Victorian Trades Hall Council during its 2019 Latin American Documentary Festival, which is being held over three nights, Thursday 29 August to Saturday 31 August. Films are from a range of countries, such as Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and cover many topics, including mining, the struggle of the Mapuche people, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Go to their Facebook event page for more information.

31 August: Community Protest Rally Coolaroo

Organised by the Anti-Toxic Waste Alliance - an alliance of 35 environment protection groups in the North and West of Melbourne - this community rally is seeking to give locals a voice in what has been described as another 'ticking time bomb'. The Glass Recovery Services glass sorting plant in Maffra Street, Coolaroo, was described in the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court last week as being a “catastrophic fire risk”. The organisers invite everyone to wear all black.

Where: Glass Recovery Services, 82-89 Maffra St, Coolaroo
When: 10.30am, Saturday 31 August. Read more: Facebook event page

10 September: Central Safety Group

Topic: When workplace changes outpace OHS Standards
More and more jobs today require working on mobile devices including laptops, Surface Pros and tablets.  Some workplaces ‘dock’ these with monitors and keyboards and others are being used as the primary input device. When it comes to assessing ergonomic risks linked to this, compliance is measured by long-established OHS Codes and Australian Standards.

But how relevant and effective are the current Standards for white collar workplaces where agile work is changing the way we work? Professor David Caple will discuss this issue in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on 10 September.

When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, Septermber 10
Where: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 2), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (between Queen & Elizabeth Streets)
Cost: attendance members free, non-members $10
          Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
          [Individual membership fee for 2019: $70]

RSVP by close of business Friday September 6. Book online now

October 26: Australian Truck Drivers' Remembrance Day

The 26 Annual Remembrance Day for Truck Drivers will be held at the Memorial at 1pm on Saturday October 26. The Memorial is on Sydney St, Tarcutta, NSW. Fiona Riley, a member of the committee says, "Specific Invitations go out to family members, but everyone is welcome to attend the service, you don’t need an invite to come along and join us on the day." For more information, check out the invitation on Facebook, here.

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