OHS Basics Month 2022

Welcome to VTHC's first OHS Basics Month!

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is all about keeping workers safe and healthy at work. Every single worker has a right to a safe and healthy working environment - no matter what. 

Unions have always fought for healthier and safer workplaces. Safety is union business. 

The aim of OHS Basics Month is to empower health and safety representatives (HSRs), delegates, and workers with OHS knowledge and skills that they can use in their workplaces. 

If you can't make it to any of these events, don't worry! They'll be streamed live to our We Are Union: OHS Reps Facebook page. Make sure to like our page so you don't miss out.


OHS Fundamentals Seminar

Sometimes, OHS can be hard to understand. When your boss asks you to do something unsafe at work, it can be hard to say 'no' especially if you don't know what your OHS rights are. That's why we're holding an OHS Fundamentals Seminar. Featuring expert guest speakers, this event is designed to empower workers to save lives by teaching the fundamentals of OHS.

When: Monday, 6 June from 6pm - 8pm

Where: Victorian Trades Hall Council, 54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC

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Safety Consultation 101 Seminar

Proper consultation is vital to a safe workplace. But often, employers don't adequately consult with HSRs and employees on safety matters that impact them. When employers don't properly consult, it's up to HSRs to hold them accountable. The first step is knowing your OHS rights. During this seminar, we'll be joined by an industry expert who'll walk you through the ins and outs of safety consultation. 

When: Tuesday, 14 June from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Victorian Trades Hall Council, 54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC

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Using HSR powers to win

HSRs are the most important piece in the OHS puzzle and have a whole host of powers that can be used to secure substantial wins for workers. In this event for OHS Basics Month, we're hosting a webinar with experts empowering you, as workers and HSRs, to use your powers to win better conditions at work and save lives. 

When: Thursday, 16 June from 4pm - 5pm

Where: Zoom

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Tips for top inspections

One of the key powers the HSR has is to conduct inspections of their workplace for hazards. This power is one of the most important in the HSR toolkit. It allows you to identify hazards before anyone gets hurt and hold employers to account. Come along to hear how to the make the most of the power to inspect - what to look for and how to follow up.

When: Tuesday, 21 June from 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Where: Zoom

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Managing conflict 

When employers refuse to listen to workers' voices, HSRs have the power to escalate to ensure worker safety. We'll walk you through options HSRs have when they want to manage conflict around safety in the workplace. We'll cover dispute resolution, issuing the perfect PIN, and when and how to cease work.

When: Thursday. 30 June from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Victorian Trades Hall Council, 54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC

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