SafetyNet 507

Welcome to the October 9 edition of the VTHC's OHS Unit's weekly journal SafetyNet.

It is with great sadness that we report that over the past week two Victorians have been killed in work or work-related incidents.

Victorian HSRs: Have you registered for the HSR Conference? Time is running out to ensure your employer MUST allow you to attend on paid leave, so get onto it today! Deputies and others interested in OHS are welcome as well. (See below)

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Union News

Child killed in quad bike incident

In tragic news, a three-year-old child was killed on Sunday in a quad bike incident in rural Victoria. The boy suffered serious injuries at a property in Derrick Valley. Emergency services were called to the scene at about 10am. The boy's family live on a large farm property on the outskirts of the Snowy River National Park near the NSW border. 

According to WorkSafe Victoria, quad bike incidents remain the single biggest cause of death on Australian farms, with more than 1000 people hospitalised from related injuries each year. In 2016, the regulator took steps to tighten the rules on the use of the four-wheel motorbikes: businesses are now required to install rollover cages if quad bikes are used on work sites.

Quad bikes are extremely dangerous and children must kept away from them. The Victorian government last week announced an extension to its quad bike rebate scheme to June next year (see below). Read more: The Age

Truck driver killed while checking vehicle

In another preventable death, a truck driver was killed on the South Gippsland Highway at Bena while underneath his vehicle, which was stopped on the side of the road. It is believed he had pulled over on the Highway, just after 10.30am, and was checking underneath the truck when it rolled backwards on a slight incline. He died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.

These tragic deaths bring Victoria's workplace death toll to 25 for the year. The thoughts of the Union movement are with the family and friends of the deceased.

Man airlifted after forklift incident

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a forklift incident in western Victoria. The man in his 40s was seriously injured after he became trapped under a forklift at a sit on Wilsons Road in Kooroocheang, north-west of Daylesford Monday afternoon. He was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, with the hospital confirming yesterday morning that he remained in a critical condition. WorkSafe has confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Victorian HSRs and deputies: October 29 HSR Conference

We are now up to over 1000 HSRs (and deputies) coming to our 2019 conference!  The Conference for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) is the biggest Health and Safety Month event in Australia and has approval under s69 of the Victorian OHS Act meaning employers must allow elected HSRs to attend on paid leave. So if you haven't done so already, register now! The conference is being held on Tuesday October 29, with the theme of "Emerging Issues - Safe and Inclusive Workplaces".

This year we will be running the conference in more non-metropolitan Melbourne locations, so it will be easier for HSRs in country Victoria to attend:

  1. Melbourne: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  2. Bendigo: Trades Hall Council, Bendigo
  3. Gippsland: Federation University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill
  4. Portland: South West TAFE campus, Portland
  5. Wodonga: Wodonga TAFE Space, Lawrence Street Campus

The conference is free and is sponsored by WorkSafe - but registration is essential. Elected HSRs are entitled to attend the conference on paid leave as per s69 of the Act, but they must give their employer at least 14 days' notice. Employers must grant HSRs the paid leave to attend as long as they have received the 14 days' notice - so this means you must do this by October 15th at the very latest to guarantee you will get paid leave to attend. So get on to this as soon as possible to ensure you've got the leave and you're registered.

We also welcome Deputy HSRs - and many employers are happy to grant them paid leave to do so. So ask!

Go to the Registration website page now to register - it's super easy. Once you've registered you'll be able to download a letter for your employer and proof of the s69 approval from WorkSafe Victoria.

FREE posters for the conference are available now - we have lots of these available and if you'd like some, contact OHSCampaigns@vthc.org.au. You can check out the poster here.  Feel free to copy it and post it on your noticeboard if you can't get hard copies.

Ask Renata

Hi Renata

The six monthly test and tag on the equipment at my workplace is six days overdue. Is there a period of leeway at all?

Yes, there is some leeway as the testing and tagging regime is in an Australian standard, and not actually in OHS legislation. The time frame depends on the type of equipment and the frequency of use (see this page for more information)

If it’s been agreed that the six months is the correct frequency, then you need to bring it up with the employer and ensure that the testing has been booked in and will be done within a reasonable time. It would also be worthwhile ensuring that there is a system in place so that the testing/tagging is organised before the agreed period runs out.

If you have any OHS related queries, then send them in via our Ask Renata facility on the website.

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre - lockdown after Cease Work issued

Last week there were two violent assaults at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. In the first, which occurred on Tuesday, a worker at the centre was allegedly attacked by an inmate with a makeshift knife. Then, at about 7:30pm on Thursday, two other staff members were allegedly assaulted by two detainees. On Friday the staff at Malmsbury stopped work and met with management as a result of a cease work issued under s74 of the OHS Act.

Two 18-year-old men and a 19-year-old man were charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury, assaulting an emergency worker and affray. The three men appeared in Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Friday and will all be sent to an adult prison. The court heard one of the detainees chased a staff member down a hallway with a plastic cricket bat, hitting him on the head and arm, and breaking his nose and finger.

Mr Julian Kennelly, from the Community and Public Sector Union, said the union was concerned about staff-to-inmate ratios after an increase in violent assaults on workers across Victoria's youth justice facilities, including 300 incidents in just four months earlier this year. He said WorkSafe was organising an inspector to visit the centre to determine if there were enough staff. "We have ongoing assaults each and every day, multiple times a day between the young offenders and involving staff as well," he said.
Read more: Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre trio sent to adult prison after alleged cricket bat attack ABC news online

Warning on Hi-Vis clothing

A Perth doctor has warned of the dangers of wearing high-vis shirts in direct sunlight after what she believes is the world's first case of burns from retro-reflective tape. In a letter to the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia published this week, emergency medicine specialist Ioana Vlad explained how she treated a man for first-degree burns caused by the reflective tape on his shirt.

The field environmental engineer went to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital's emergency department in late January 2018 complaining of a rash across his back - which the doctor noted was directly underneath a reflective stripe on the high-vis shirt he had been wearing during the day.

Dr Vlad said almost anyone wearing shirts with reflective tape was at risk of similar injuries. "It could happen to other people as well, especially if they wear the same type of shirt and the same type of reflective tape, and especially if they work out in the sun and the sun shines directly onto the shirt," she said.

The man said the tape often became extremely hot when he was working in hot conditions and that he had to regularly change positions to ensure it did not touch his skin.

Standards Australia, which sets requirements for safety equipment including high-visibility clothing, said employers were responsible for ensuring their workers were safe with UV Protection Workwear when they were exposed to direct sunlight. Source: ABC news online. Read more on Hi-Vis gear.

Asbestos news

Vale Serafina Salucci

It is with great sadness that the VTHC has learnt that long time mesothelioma patient and asbestos safety advocate, Serafina Salucci passed away this week.

Serafina was one of the better known campaigners for asbestos safety in Australia, having been diagnosed with mesothelioma at 37 years old in 2007, surviving until now because of radical surgery over many years while raising a family of four children. Her exposure was as a young child while her father built a garage using asbestos-cement sheeting at their house in Sydney. Serafina was awarded an Order of Australia Member in the General Division in 2018 for significant service to community health, particularly as an advocate for people with asbestos-related diseases. Read more: The Leader

Asbestos at Melbourne construction site
A CFMEU member saw what he believed to be large amounts of broken asbestos sheeting mixed into piles of construction rubble at an Altona construction site last Friday, and immediately alerted workers at the site and a nearby childcare centre. The Vic branch of the CFMEU advised the centre's management that children should not play outside until further notice. Gerry Ayers, the union's occupational health and safety unit manager, said he was horrified by the situation. It appears the unsecured asbestos material had been left on site for over two weeks.

Worksafe Victoria confirmed it is investigating the incident and in a statement said: "WorkSafe has visited the site to ensure the removal of any asbestos containing materials is appropriately managed." Source: ABC news online

ASEA Conference: Perth 11 - 13 November
Don't forget the 2019 Asbestos Safety Conference, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  All members of the asbestos management system have the opportunity to come together, exchange information and share ideas with over 300 domestic and international professionals from a range of sectors including workers’ health and safety, public health, the role of the non-government sector, and international campaign work. There will also be sessions focused on the work of asbestos support groups, the latest research into asbestos awareness communications and the latest from medical researchers. Check out the conference program here. For more information and to register, click here

More information on Asbestos: In the workplace and In the Home.

International Union news

UK: Firefighters demand government action
Firefighters have called for more protection after research found they were being exposed to dangerously high levels of harmful chemicals. Research has shown that firefighters were at risk of contracting cancer due to contaminated clothing and equipment. UK firefighters’ union FBU, which supported the research project, has called on the government to protect firefighters. It says the findings will increase understanding of the health implications of exposure to carcinogenic substances and inform best practice for washing and storing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce potential health risks. The FBU is part of a committee looking at a new standard on cleaning, maintaining, storage and transportation of PPE, expected to be published later this year. FBU national officer Sean Starbuck said “we are pleased that our groundbreaking research is getting the recognition it deserves. The health and safety of our members is absolutely paramount, and we are hopeful that this project will go a long way to improving the way we view contaminants in the fire and rescue service.”

Fire chemistry and toxicity expert Prof Anna Stec has called on the government to protect firefighters by providing them with the best preventive medical care, education and support, while investing in guidance and research to ensure best practice was followed. “In my opinion, there is a direct link between firefighters' occupation and cancer,” she said. “Firefighters are twice as likely to die when compared to the general population - and they're dying from not one type of cancer, but they've got multiple types. Yet in the UK absolutely nothing is done to address, generally, fire toxicity or firefighters' health.”

Prof Stec and her team at the University of Central Lancashire said firefighters’ risk of developing cancer was increased by dangerously high levels of chemicals remaining on their protective gear following exposure to smoke. According to Prof Stec's research, firefighters’ leading cause of exposure to carcinogens is not inhalation but absorption via the skin. That absorption automatically increased in hot environments that led to sweating and dehydration, meaning the firefighters became “a sponge for all the fire toxins.” While not compensated in the UK, many cancers in firefighters qualify for state compensation in the US, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. Presumptive cancer lists in North America – cancers presumed work-related unless proved otherwise – provide for compensation for brain, bladder, ureter, kidney, colorectal, oesophageal, breast, testicular, prostate, lung and skin cancers, as well as leukaemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Read more:  FBU news release. UCLAN research report. BBC News Online. TUC occupational cancer guide. Cancers and their work causes: An ITUC/Hazards at-a-glance guide to cancer hazards. Source: Risks 917


Research

ILO: Older workers most discouraged in Australia

Recent research from the International Labour Association (ILO) has found that Australia and Chile, 13,000 kilometres apart, have one thing in common: discouraged older workers. Australia tops a ranking of 102 countries with the largest share of discouraged jobseekers aged 65 years old and over, according to ILOSTAT data. Just shy of 30% of jobseekers in that age category are discouraged. 

Discouraged jobseekers are defined as people not in the labour force who want to work and are available to do so. They are not classified as unemployed as they are not currently looking for work, because they believe they don’t have the right qualifications or don’t think there are jobs available for them.

These figures are set against a backdrop of an aging global population and, as a result, the average age of the potential labour force is creeping up. With people living longer, many are reassessing their retirement ages, either because they are healthier or because they need to financially. The number of people aged 65 years or over in the world is forecast to balloon by 46 per cent between 2017 and 2030, outnumbering younger people in a huge social transformation. This ILOSTAT data emphasises how their needs in the world of work are growing, as well as their potential to contribute.

The ILOSTAT data shows the proportion of older people among the unemployed is generally smaller than among discouraged jobseekers, underscoring the idea that older people don’t see opportunities emerging. This suggests a reluctance of employers to hire senior or near-senior workers, whether perceived or real. On the positive side, it also reveals a pool of labour with potential to be tapped, as long as skills can be matched with vacancies or updated to suit the jobs of tomorrow.

October 1 was the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, a time of year that focuses on the contributions older people make to society, while also raising awareness of some of the challenges they face. Read more: Older workers are most discouraged in these countries, ILO

Depressive symptoms shorten worklife expectancy

A recent study investigated the impact of depressive symptoms on the worklife expectancy (WLE) of a large sample of Danish employees. This is because while depressive symptoms are associated with sickness absence, work disability and unemployment, little is known about their impact on WLE.

The researchers used occupational health survey data of almost 12,000 Danish employees from 2010 and linked them with register data on salary and transfer payments from 2010 to 2015. Depressive symptoms were self-reported using the Major Depression Inventory. They then used multistate data and a life table approach with Cox proportional hazard modelling to estimate the WLE of employees, expressed by time in work, unemployment and sickness absence. Separate analyses were conducted for sex and employees with a voluntary early retirement pension scheme. Using age as time axis, they used inverse probability weights to account for differences in educational level, sector, body mass index, smoking habits and loss of employment during sickness absence.

Unsurprisingly, they found the WLE of employees reporting depressive symptoms was shorter compared with those not reporting depressive symptoms; that is, the expected time in unemployment and sickness absence was longer, while the expected time in work was shorter. The shorter WLE was most pronounced in women; for example, a 40-year-old woman with depressive symptoms can expect 3.3 years less in work, 0.8 years more in unemployment and 0.7 years more in sickness absence. Employees with a voluntary early retirement pension scheme showed an even lower WLE.
Read more: Pedersen, J et al, Impact of depressive symptoms on worklife expectancy: a longitudinal study on Danish employees [Full article] Occupational and Environmental Medicine Online First

USA: Severe cases of silica disease are being missed

Severe and sometimes even fatal cases of silica dust related diseases are being missed by the authorities, a US study has concluded. Researchers examined reports of severe silicosis in engineered stone fabrication workers over the last two years in four US states - California, Colorado, Texas and Washington. Respirable crystalline silica exposure causes silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. Clusters of cases have been reported internationally among stone countertop fabrication workers, but only one US case in this industry had been reported previously. However, the US researchers discovered 18 cases of silicosis, including two fatalities, among stone fabrication workers in the four states. Several patients also had autoimmune disease and latent tuberculosis infection. The authors note these figures are likely to be a substantial underestimate.

“Given mounting evidence of silicosis risk among stone fabrication workers, the government of Queensland, Australia, initiated screening in 2018 for all at-risk employees. Ninety-eight cases of silicosis have been identified among 799 workers (12 per cent) examined. These findings suggest that there might be many more US cases that have yet to be identified.” They add: “Silicosis is preventable; the cases reported here highlight the urgent need to identify stone fabrication workers at risk and prevent further excess exposure to silica dust.” Noting the US exposure standard for silica dust was tightened to 0.05mg/m3 in 2016, they conclude: “Effective disease surveillance and regulatory enforcement are crucial to address the emerging silicosis threat in the stone fabrication industry.” Last week the UK union Unite gave its backing to a campaign calling for the UK silica exposure limit to be halved, to match the US limit.
Read more: Rose C, et al. Severe Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers — California, Colorado, Texas, and Washington, 2017–2019. [Full article] Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), volume 68, number 38, pages 813–818, 27 September 2019. Source: Risks 917


Regulator news

Victorian news

Government extends quad bike rebate

In the same week a three year old was killed on a quad bike, the Victorian Government announced it would be extending the quad bike safety rebate to 30 June 2020 and that it is now open to farmers whose main source of income is not from farming.

Small operators will now have access to the $600 rebate to fit rollover protection to their vehicles, or the $1200 rebate to purchase a more suitable option, such as a side-by-side vehicle, according to the state Government. More than $4.5 million has been paid out to farmers since the scheme was introduced in 2016 as part of a dedicated campaign to reduce quad bike fatalities on farms. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy said farmers must ensure they take every opportunity to control the risks of quad bike rollovers on their properties. “Farms continue to be one of the deadliest workplaces so we strongly encourage all farmers to help keep themselves, their families and their employees safe, by checking if they are eligible for the rebate,” Ms. Hennessy said.

WorkSafe is also continuing its quad bike safety and enforcement campaign to ensure employers are meeting obligations to protect their workers while the rebate remains available. Read more: Victorian government media release Find out more about the rebate and quad bikes in general on the WorksSafe website.

Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

The government is asking Victorians to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers of flammable liquids – are being stored, handled or disposed of in a way which might be unsafe.

The campaign comes after legislation was introduced creating tough new penalties for the illegal storage and handling of dangerous goods, under which individuals face up to 10 years in jail and body corporates fined more than $6.4 million for the most serious offences.

The six-week campaign features print, digital, radio, social media and outdoor advertising targeting high risk locations - in 10 different languages to raise awareness among the high number of migrant workers employed in the storage and handling of dangerous goods as they are particularly vulnerable to working in unsafe conditions. Read more: Victorian government media release

WorkSafe issues two safety alerts

WorkSafe Victoria has issued two new safety alerts. Both alerts provide advice on how to control the risks involved, as well as references to legal duties and other information.

  1. Electric shocks from hospital bed power cords (October 3) WorkSafe was recently notified of an incident in which a hospital employee received a severe electric shock from the power cord of an electric hospital bed. The cord's protective outer insulation was damaged by the bed wheels after it was left to trail along the floor during a patient transfer. This exposed the power cord's electrical wires. The employee, who did not notice the damage and plugged the bed into a power outlet, received a large electric shock requiring immediate medical treatment. Similar incidents have been reported at aged, disability and residential care facilities where electric beds are commonly in use.

  2. Amusement ride guarding (October 8) WorkSafe was recently notified of an incident involving a large rotating amusement ride at the Royal Melbourne Show. The ride has a harness release mechanism consisting of a metal plate installed on the arm of the ride behind the seats and a sensor block located next the seat. When the ride is operating, the seats are free to rotate clockwise or anticlockwise independently of the arm. As a result, a shear point is created between the metal plate and the sensor block. During the ride a rider's arm was caught in the shear point causing the rider to receive a severe cut which required immediate medical treatment.

Safe Work Australia news

Fatality Statistics
As of September 26, the number of fatalities notified to Safe Work Australia was 116: This is five more since the last update on September 12. The workers killed came from the following industries: 

  • 38 in Transport, postal & warehousing
  • 28 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 16 in Construction
  • 7 in Mining
  • 6 in Public Administration & safety
  • 6 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 5 in Manufacturing
  • 2 in Professional, scientific & technical services
  • 2 in Wholesale trade
  • 2 in 'Other services'
  • 2 in Administration & support services
  • 2 in Arts & recreation services

To check for updates, and for more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage and in particular, here.

 


Prosecutions

Vic company fined for not providing safe workplace

Technicolor Pty Ltd manufactures optical media at a workplace with a number of separate areas, including a large roof space with designated walkways.

In June 2018 an employee had to access the roof space to extend a network cable. Before doing the job, he completed a risk assessment form which was signed off. There were risks to health and safety of persons conducting work in the roof space due to the risk of falling from a height of 3.5 metres through an unprotected plasterboard ceiling - which would the company could have eliminated or reduced by covering these areas in the roof space, or by installing fixed platforms and guard railing restricting access.

The worker entered the roof spac and walked along the designated walkway until he found the switch required - but realised he'd left a tool on a walkway, and walked across the floored area to retrieve it. Not realising there was an area that was not floored, he stepped off the floor and fell through the plasterboard ceiling into the room below, resulting in heavy bruising to his right shin, bruising to his chest and left bicep, and a torn tendon on his right shoulder.

The company pleaded guilty and was without conviction fined $50,000 plus $3,500 costs. The Magistrate said that but for the plea of guilty he would have fined the offender $80,000 with conviction.

To keep up to date with prosecutions, go to the WorkSafe Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings webpage.

UK: Port operator sentenced after worker seriously injured during loading operation

A Liverpool port operating company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a load falling from two fork lift trucks (FLTs) at the Port of Liverpool.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that on 28 May 2015, three agency workers performing work for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company were loading bundles of rebar onto HGV trailers for onward transfer. The injured worker was acting as banksman whilst his two colleagues were operating their FLTs as part of a tandem lift manoeuvre. During the loading procedure a single bundle of rebar weighing 1,924 kg, suspended on the forks of the two trucks, was struck by the reversing HGV’s headboard causing it to fall onto the worker standing on the far side by the HGV’s cab. He sustained multiple fractures, lacerations, scarring and abrasion, ligament reconstruction to his left knee and has undergone four operations which resulted in the amputation of two toes of his left foot. He has been unable to return to work since the incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no suitable risk assessment relating to the hazards arising from loading bundles of rebar onto reversing flatbed trailers had been carried out. The tandem FLT lifting operation was also not properly planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.

The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited of Maritime Centre, Port of Liverpool pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £300,000 (almost $A500,00) and ordered to pay costs of £7,593.55  ($A13,840). Read more: HSE media release


International news

Europe: EU action after chemical firms flout the law
EU government delegates on the European Commission’s REACH committee have agreed to increase the minimum compliance check target for chemicals registration dossiers from 5 per cent to 20 per cent, the first concrete legislative step following reports of widespread flouting of EU rules by high volume users of industrial chemicals.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) came under pressure last year after German regulators found the majority of dossiers submitted by chemicals firms do not comply with the REACH regulation covering the majority of substances used in the EU, due to absent safety data or failures to update regularly. In the wake of the revelations, the head of the Helsinki-based agency was called before the European Parliament's environment committee, while chemicals firms were forced onto the defensive after campaigners estimated that over 650 had failed to meet EU standards on safety data provision.

The decision to increase the rate of compliance checks is the first step in an action plan agreed between ECHA and the European Commission. Further measures include a simplification of decision-making procedures and an assessment, by the end of 2020, of the effectiveness of enforcement measures. The new minimum target means ECHA must aim to check 20 per cent of dossiers relating to high-volume chemicals – where over 100 tonnes are imported or used in the EU annually – by 2023. For chemicals used in volumes from 1 to 100 tonnes, the deadline is 2027. The Commission noted the “utmost importance” of effective enforcement of the EU rules. “This is the responsibility of member states and is coordinated at EU level through the Forum for Enforcement,” the EU executive said. Source: Risks 917


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.

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 is now running 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). Below are the dates for the next few courses run by the VTHC OHS Training Centre. You can now register and pay directly from the site here.

HSR Initial OHS training course  

October 14 – 18: Carlton
November 11 – 15: Carlton AND Bendigo
November 18 – 22: Werribee
November 25 – 29 (Education Sector ONLY): AEU Abbotsford
December 9 – 13: Carlton

HSR Refresher OHS Training Courses*

October 23, Carlton
December 12 (Education Sector ONLY): AEU Abbotsford
December 16, Carlton

* HSRs are entitled to attend this course every year subsequent to attending the Initial OHS training course.

OHS Training at the ACTU

The ACTU (Australian Council of Trade unions) runs training courses in occupational/workplace health and safety. These are the upcoming courses in Melbourn

CERTIFICATE IV IN WHS
Part 1 14th – 16th October 2019  
Part 2 12th – 15th November 2019

The course will be delivered at the ACTU (VIC). 

For more information, phone Chris Hughes (03 9664 7389 Mon-Fri) or Anna Pupillo (03 9664 7334 Mon-Wed & Fri). ACTU health and safety training 

Tonight: October 9 - Dangerous Goods Advisory Group Meeting
The DGAG bimonthly meeting is a general networking / update meeting, open to all, to discuss issues that are going on for Dangerous Goods and Chemical Regulation . The next meeting of the GDAG  will be on Wednesday October 9. The Agenda covers a range of issues:

  • Hazardous Chemicals / Dangerous Goods Incidents
  • The ADG Transport Code & Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code, IATA Regs, NZ Regs etc
  • Dangerous Goods (Storage & Handling) & Related Issues
  • Classification and training matters
  • Labelling and SDS issues
  • Chemical Hazard Communication and Regulatory Matters
  • Other matters

More information and details on matters to be covered.

When: 6-8.15pm, October 9 (with a meal afterwards for those who are interested)
Where: at the Sandridge Centre - Trugo Club Rooms
1 Tucker Avenue, Port Melbourne (Garden City part)
Enter along Clark St which turns into Tucker Av, from Graham St. Melways reference is Map 56 K2 (or 2J A4). Please park in Clark St.
Cost: a donation of $3-$5 to cover costs. Tea, coffee and snacks provided

Please RSVP via email to Jeff Simpson: Jeff.Simpson@haztech.com.au

Nov 19 - 21 International Symposium on the system of radiological protestion
Mines - Medicine - Mars

ICRP 2019 is a combined event that offers the opportunity for more than 400 professionals, experts and researchers worldwide to discuss their respective concerns and the current challenges faced in all areas of radiological protection, as well as the ways forward through new research, updating doctrines, or better interactions with stakeholders. The program looks at a range of issues associated with radiological protection in mining including the latest science on radon risk, waste management practices, and best practice in the protection of the environment.

When: 19-21 November 2019 
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia.
Website: ICRP 2019
Registration Link: Registration


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