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.

March 27: Conference on Working hours, shifts and fatigue conference

Want to know about the impacts of shift work and what you can do to reduce the effects of fatigue?
Want information on rostering for nurses and midwives to minimise fatigue and maximise health and safety for staff and patients?
Back by popular demand the Working Hours, Shift & Fatigue Conference is a full-day presented by the ANMF (Vic Branch) on Friday 27 March 2020. Find out how working hours, shifts and fatigue affect the health and safety of nurses, midwives, carers and patients in this integral one-day conference. The conference is open to all, and if you register before Friday, then early bird rates apply.

When: 9am to 4pm, 27 March, 2020
Where: ANMF, Carson Conference Centre, 535 Elisabeth St, Melbourne, 3000
Find out more, including the program and how to register, here.

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).

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

The upcoming Initial 5 day courses for HSRs are:

March 2 - 6

Bendigo*

March 23 - 27

Carlton

March 30 - April 3

Werribee*

April 27 - May 1

Carlton

May 11 - 15

Morewell*

May 25 - 29

Carlton

Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course fee: Metropolitan: $870.00 incl. GST     Regional: $895.00 incl. GST
Course Length: All initial OHS training courses are 5 days.

And the one day refresher courses:

March 11

Carlton

March 12

Carlton

March 13

AEU Abbotsford

March 19

Bendigo

March 27

Ballarat

March 30

Carlton

 

March 10: Central Safety Group lunchtime talk 
Customer abuse: The Reject Shop’s frontline solutions
Customer abuse is a growing problem in the retail industry that can take a heavy toll on workers’ confidence and wellbeing.

Of the Reject Shop’s 6,000 team members, a majority are part-time and 60 per cent are under the age of 25. This means many are inexperienced and particularly vulnerable when faced with customer aggression.

Kenn Rogers, Safety Team Leader of the Reject Shop, will give a lunchtime presentation on 10 March outlining a new approach to the problem.

This includes a trial program the variety discount retailer has been helping to pilot. Known as the Respect and Resilience program, it was developed by the NSW Government insurer 'icare' in conjunction with researchers at Griffith University in Queensland. It has proved a great success in reducing incidents at the stores where the trial was implemented.

Kenn will talk about what the program does to help team members to manage themselves and respond better to customer aggression. He will discuss the enthusiastic response by team members to the program as well as changes to a store environment that can help influence customer behaviours.

When: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Where: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 1), 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 2020: $75]

RSVP by COB Friday 6 March. Book online now

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