Events

Tonight: Wednesday 22 September - Chemical Hazard Communication Network (CHCN) meeting

The CHCN, a six-monthly meeting, is a general networking / discussion update meeting, open to all, to discuss issues that are going on for Dangerous Goods and Chemical Regulation at the moment. The meeting is co-convened by Richard Greenwood (RG Chemical Safety - [email protected]) and Jeff Simpson (HazTech Environmental - [email protected]). If you have any queries, please contact Richard or Jeff. 

Like many meetings we are now participating in, the CHCN will be a Webinar Chat meeting. Join Zoom Meeting from 5.45pm for a 6-8pm meeting using this weblink in your browser. If you have a Zoom account you can also join with: Meeting ID: 876 9537 7734  Passcode: 508324

The topics to be discussed will be:

  1. Classification matters - both Australian and international

  2. Labelling and SDS issues

  3. Chemical Hazard Communication Regulatory Matters

  4. Australian, EU & USA Hazardous Chemical Management developments

  5. Hazardous Chemicals - Evaluation / Issues / Incidents

  6. Conferences, Workshops, Discussion Groups / Forums

For more information, contact Jeff Simpson (CHCN convenor and Webinar host), Haztech Environmental, Ph: 03-9885-1269 Mob: 0403-072-092, Email: [email protected]

Jeff can assist in setting up the Zoom meeting. Contact Jeff for instructions on how to join.  Note from the organisers: "For transparency, we require that everyone attends with video on. Casual dress is acceptable and encouraged, but we want to ensure that those attending adhere to our meeting standards on not making recordings, and for that we need to confirm who you are.  Attendees without their video being on, will not be permitted to remain in the meeting."

The following 5th DGAG meeting, will be on Wednesday 21 October 2020, also as a DGAG Webinar Discuss/Chat Meeting at 5.30-7.30 pm.

VTHC Training for HSRs and Deputy HSRs

With the lockdown still underway in Victoria, the VTHC training courses are still being delivered online. If you've enrolled in a course and are not sure what's happening, then please contact Natalie Wood at [email protected] at the VTHC Training Unit. 

Five day Initial Training Courses

It's extremely important for HSRs to complete the five day initial course - this ensures they have the best training to be able to understand their rights under the Act and represent the members of their DWGs. Here are the dates and locations of the courses:

  • 4 - 8 October - Bendigo
  • 11 - 15 October - Carlton 
  • October 20,21,22 & November 4,5 - Frankston 
  • 8 - 12 November - Ringwood
  • 15 - 19 November - Werribee   
  • 29 November - 3 December - Carlton
  • 13 - 17 December - Carlton

HSR Initial & Refresher training

Remember: if you haven't got around to doing your annual refresher, then you should enrol now: it's a very important 'update' on all the new stuff going on. Most HSRs do their initial training, but many do not then enrol in the subsequent 'Refresher' courses. All HSRs are entitled to, and should, attend 'Refresher Training' each year subsequent to completing the five day initial training. 

Section 67 of the OHS Act 2004 entitles all OHS and Deputy Reps who have completed a 5 day initial training course to attend a one day refresher training course each year to keep their knowledge of OHS law and practice up-to-date.  It's important to take this right up, as the Refresher training provides an opportunity to catch up with new legislation and material, meet with other HSRs, and further hone skills. 

The refresher course covers:

  • Session 1 - covers legislative update on the Victorian OHS 2004 Act, OHS Regulations 2007, WorkSafe compliance codes and guides.
  • Session 2 - covers consultation, communication, problem solving.
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - covers hazard identification and control with either manual handling, work related stress, incident investigation or hazard mapping.

Upcoming 2021 dates for Refresher training and locations:

  • 29 September - Carlton
  • 26 October - Carlton
  • 26 October - Carlton
  • 28 October - Frankston
  • 15 November - Education focus: AEU, Abbotsford
  • 26 November - Carlton
  • 29 November - Bendigo 
  • 16 December - Carlton

Go to this link to find out about costs and to enrol in a five-day initial or a refresher course. Remember to then notify your employer at least 14 days before the course. 

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