FAQs for Workers

Here are some common questions workers ask - if you can't find what you're looking for, check out the other FAQ sections - and then if you still can't find it, then send it in using the Ask Renata facility.

Are there standards for reflective gear?
Are there any specific requirements regarding high visibility reflective gear? Day/night must comply with Australian standards: AS/NZ 4602.1: 2011 High visibility safety garments - Garments...
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Red Cards
The 'Red Card' - now called the 'White Card' - is the basic OHS induction training for the construction industry. The 'Red Card' (or its...
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Young workers and OHS
Statistics in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia and the world are stark and clear. Young workers between the ages of 15 and 25 are being...
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What your doctor needs to know
There are many injuries and illnesses that are not always recognised as being work-related.  There are many reasons why it's important to know whether they...
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Presenteeism - what is it?
What is 'presenteeism'? 'Presenteeism' is the term given when sick workers come to work, work at levels that are less than optimal, and risk infecting...
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OHS Induction Training
Under Section 21(2)(e) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act  the employer must provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to employees so that they can work...
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Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
 - when and how should this be used? There are times when it will be necessary to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers...
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Workers and medical appointments
Does the employer have the right to attend a medical appointment with a worker? The short answer is NO. Unions are becoming increasingly concerned with what...
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Volunteers in the workplace
 - are they covered by OHS Legislation? Under Victoria's OHS legislation, volunteers are NOT employees* - in fact, under the 2007 OHS Regulations, the definition...
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Renegotiating DWGs - who should be involved?
Is the decision of forming another DWG or not, or changing the current DWGs, best made in collaboration with employers, employees and existing OHS rep/s?...
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DWGs - How big is too big?
There's no real answer to this, as the size of a Designated Work Group (DWG) depends on a number of work-related and worksite specific factors....
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Health and Safety Committees - what is their role?
All workplaces should have a joint health and safety committee, established under Section 72 of the 2004 OHS Act. A joint committee is a useful...
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Can a worker be dismissed for OHS reasons?
There is nothing in OHS legislation that covers the dismissal (or 'sacking') of an employee. Warnings and dismissals are covered under the Fair Work Act...
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Discrimination and harassment
.. what are they? What do these terms mean? What is discrimination? Discrimination means treating someone differently, usually less favourably, because of some personal characteristic they...
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Consultants
The Victorian Trades Hall Council has a regularly updated "Register of consultants" who provide a range of OHS services to workplaces AND have signed the...
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