Events

Please remember: If you have an OHS related event you would like us to advertise, please email Renata at ohsinfo@vthc.org.au with details, including location, cost (if any), 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 runs 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 - after January 29).

It's the start of a new year, and so all HSRs should be thinking about registering for their annual one-day refresher course. Training course will be starting up in February. You can now register and pay directly from the site here.

The upcoming Initial 5 day courses for HSRs are:

February 10 - 14, 2020

Ringwood

February 24 - 28

Carlton

February 24 - 28

AEU Abbotsford
Education Sector ONLY

March 2 - 6

Bendigo*

March 23 - 27

Carlton

March 30 - April 3

Werribee*

And the one day refresher courses:

February 21

Carlton

March 11

Carlton

March 12

Carlton

March 13

AEU Abbotsford

March 19

Bendigo

March 27

Ballarat

March 30

Carlton

5 February : Dangerous Goods Advisory Group Meeting

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 . The next meeting of the GDAG  will be on February 5. The Agenda covers a range of issues:

  • Hazardous Chemicals / Dangerous Goods Incidents
  • The ADG Transport Code & Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code, IATA Regs, NZ Regs etc
  • Dangerous Goods (Storage & Handling), GHS hazardous chemicals, & Related Issues
  • Classification and training matters
  • Information sharing

When: 5.30 pm for a 6pm start -8.15pm, February 5 (with a meal afterwards for those who are interested at the Emerald Elephant Thai Restaurant in Port Melbourne)
Where: at the 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 $3-$4 to cover costs (Tea, coffee and snacks provided) Read more here.

11 February: Central Safety Group
Topic: Rebuilding safety culture – a case study

When employee morale, trust and job satisfaction plummet in the wake of major changes, how do you restore a strong safety culture?

Mary Kikas faced that challenge when asked to help the Health and Safety team of a utilities company that had undergone a significant change management process and redundancies. Ms Kikas, from Action OHS Consulting, will outline what happened in a presentation to the Central Safety Group at its first lunchtime meeting for the year on Tuesday 11 February 2020. She will discuss the principles and approach adopted and the setbacks and obstacles that had to be overcome. In addition, she will describe step-by-step what it took to drive effective risk management and improve safety culture.

The presentation will be followed by a brief Annual General Meeting of CSG, to which all 2019 Financial Members are invited to attend.

When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, February 11
Where: Room B411 - Level 4, CAE building, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (between Swanston & Elizabeth Streets)
Cost:  attendance members free, non-members $10
          Lunch (optional): sandwich and juice lunch $15
          [Individual membership fee for 2020: $75]

RSVP by close of business Friday February 7. Book online now here

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