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FAQs for Workers
The White Card is the basic OHS induction training for the construction industry. The 'White Card' (or its equivalent interstate induction card) is now a...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More