SafetyNet 512

Here's the November 13 edition of SafetyNet.

In tragic news, two more Victorian workers were killed last week: another truck driver was killed in a crash in Werribee South; and a young boxer died in the ring.

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Union News

Two Victorian workers killed

1 - Driver killed at Werribee South
Emergency services were called to the Princes Freeway following reports a semi-trailer had struck a rope wire barrier and rolled about 3.20am on Monday November 4. Tragically, the 38-year-old driver from Clifton Springs, died at the scene.  The crash led to a lengthy closure of some lanes of the Princes Freeway. The semi-trailer was fully loaded and carrying a dodgem car in the 100kmh zone.

Sergeant Ben Tayler from the Westgate Highway Patrol said, “The semi-trailer left the road from the left hand lane and hit the crash barriers which did a great job of slowing it down. The driver was unable to regain control of the vehicle which ultimately rolled over. It went down a 10-foot embankment, and ended up about 20m from the side of the road, upside down." He added “My understanding is that it was an instant death.”

2 - Young boxer dies in training incident
Local fighter Dwight Ritchie has died in a training incident in Melbourne on Saturday November 9. The 27 year old boxer was taking part in a sparring session ahead of his re-match with former world champion Jeff Horn, when he took a punch to the body, went back to his corner, collapsed and could not be revived. Following the death, boxing legend Jeff Fenech has said that the training culture inside Australia's boxing gyms needs to change. Fenech is urging trainers to show more care for their fighters and wants gyms around the country to invest in defibrillators.
Read more: 'A spar is not to kill each other': Fenech blasts training culture Sydney Morning Herald

The VTHC sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of these workers. These deaths bring the number of Victorian workers killed this year to 29. It should be remembered that WorkSafe Victoria's official figures do not include workplace deaths that occur as a result of road accidents. It's just one reason why the real number of people killed as a result of their work is much larger than the recorded figures would indicate.

Industrial Manslaughter: Trades Hall responds to employer statement

With the Industrial Manslaughter Bill currently being debated in the Victorian Lower House, not unexpectedly employer groups have been lobbying for changes. In a statement released yesterday, Luke Hilakari, VTHC Secretary, supported the bill in its current form. He said, "This bill will save lives. It is disappointing, though not surprising, that there are some employer groups worried about the cost of fines they might receive when they negligently cause a worker's death. But our Parliament must have the common sense to put the lives of Victorians first."

In response to the employers' position that the new laws must cover employees as well, the VTHC statement points out that currently, if an employee is criminally negligent and they kill someone, the Crimes Act can be used to prosecute them. However, the Crimes Act cannot be used to prosecute a company or a senior manager hiding behind the corporate veil. The Workplace Manslaughter Bill is designed to fix this loophole. 

Mr Hilakari said, "Bosses who have total control over the workplace need to stop shirking their responsibility when they are criminally negligent. They are the ones cutting the safety budgets, setting unreasonable deadlines, managing the work processes, and ignoring worker concerns over safety. Good bosses have nothing to fear from this bill - and bad bosses are on notice." 

The families affected by workplace deaths have also issued a statement in support of the bill the Andrews government has tabled. They say, "We are calling on our elected representatives and the business community in Victoria to recognise and understand the significant implications the loss of our family members has on us. This should not be a discussion around semantics – in the end it is a moral issue and we believe employers, big, small or in-between should take their moral and legal responsibility of providing a safe workplace more seriously. The size of the workplace does not matter; we all have a right to see the serious issue of safety at work seen as a priority. Every employer should be prioritising worker’s safety 100% of the time. It is a matter of life and death."

The statment also points out the current loophole in the law: they have "seen employers get a slap on the wrist fine after killing a worker... These workplace manslaughter laws close that loophole and will ensure that criminally negligent employers are brought to justice. We also hope these consequences result in employers taking their responsibilities even more seriously than they do currently and therefore prevent needless deaths."
Read more: Workplace Industrial Manslaughter To Be Enshrined In Law, Victorian government media release; Justice for the bereaved. Protection for workers, VTHC media release on Twitter; Statement On behalf of affected families and all those taken too soon; Joint employer group media release

Manufactured stone: time to ban it?

The National Dust Disease Taskforce which has been holding consultation meetings around Australia over the past few weeks, is now preparing to read submissions on how best to handle the resurgence of the fatal lung disease silicosis. The VTHC participated in one of these public consultations.  Over the past couple of years, the VTHC has been running a campaign to lower the exposure standard to  0.025 mg/m³ as an 8hr TWA - currently it is 0.1 mg/m³. This must be done as soon as possible to ensure better protection for workers in the industry now - but the only way of ensuring their long-term health is for the product, which is manufactured overseas, to be banned outright. We are not alone in this position.

In a very informative article reprinted this week in The Conversation, two very respected academics, Lin Fritschi, Professor of Epidemiology, and Alison Reid, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, both from Curtin University, argue the same position. "We argue it is feasible to ban artificial stone, which is not made in Australia but imported. There are many alternatives, such as natural stone, or Betta Stone made from recycled glass."
Read more: Engineered stone benchtops are killing our tradies. Here’s why a ban’s the only answer, The Conversation. More information on Silica.

Ask Renata

Each summer we get many, many queries regarding drinking water. Here's one that came in last week.

Hi Renata,

I work outside 100 per cent of the time and it can get very hot during summer but my boss refuses to offer cool/cold water. We have tap water and filtered tap water but during summer it's very warm and hard to drink. Is that an OHS issue or is warm filtered tap water fine?

Well, employers have a legal duty under s21(2)(d) of the OHS Act to provide 'adequate facilities' which covers providing water, even though this is not specifically mentioned. However, the Compliance Code sets out very clearly what employers 'need to do' in order to comply. The code states that the water needs to be “cool and palatable”  – see Drinking Water on the site.

The other issue I’m concerned about though, is that you say that you work outside 100 per of the time, including in summer. There are issues here to do with both heat and also UV radiation. Check out the following pages for more information

  1. Heat FAQ and longer Heat hazard page
  2. UV radiation

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

Mental illness: fastest growing workplace injury in Australia

On October 31, the Productivity Commission released its draft report on Mental Health. The ACTU responded by saying the report illustrates the immense cost of mental illness, which independent research shows is the fastest growing type of workplace injury in Australia.  The peak union council has welcomed some of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations around workers’ compensation including no-liability treatment for mental health injuries and claims and improving the role of the workers’ compensation system in rehabilitation and return-to-work for psychological injury across industries.

The draft report broadly mirrors some of the recommendations made in the recent review into Australia’s model work health safety laws, which the ACTU supports.

ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien, said “Work is a significant contributing factor, both positively and negatively, to people’s mental health. It must be at the centre of our efforts to reduce the incidence of mental ill-health." A survey conducted by the ACTU this year found that more than 60 per cent of respondents had experienced mental ill-health because their employer had failed to manage psycho-social hazards in their workplace. Mr O''Brien said, “A huge number of Australians suffer mental health issues every year because of stressors and other hazards they encounter in their workplace, and the evidence indicates that these people rarely receive support or compensation in the way that would be routine for physical injuries. This has to change. Mental health hazards at work should be treated the same as physical hazards. We need strong laws that protect people at work”
Read more: ACTU media release. Download the Productivity Commission's Draft Report here.

November 28: Feminism in the Pub - Eliminating Gendered Violence at Work 

As part of the 16 days of Activism against gender based violence, Feminism in the Pub is celebrating women fighting for everyone to be physically and mentally safe at work. The VTHC Women's and Equity Team and activists invite you to attend the next event which will be on November 28. The topic: Eliminating Gendered Violence at Work will be of great interest to HSRs. There will be a panel and discussion on safe and inclusive workplaces, gendered violence as a workplace hazard and collective action. The event will be co-facilitated by Renata from the OHS Team. One of the panel members is our own Vasalia Govender, HSR.

When: 6.30pm, Thursday November 28
Where: Clyde Hotel, 365 Cardigan St, Carlton
Cost: Free - drinks and food at your own expense - but please RSVP at Union Women

Asbestos news

NSW & QLD: warning fire damaged homes may contain asbestos
As fires rage across eastern Australia, those whose homes have been damaged by these fires face another potential hazard: asbestos. The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia has warned that a high proportion of homes built before 1987 contain asbestos products, while the use of asbestos fibro sheeting was particularly prevalent in farm sheds and outbuildings.

ADFA president Barry Robson said the intense heat from bushfires often shatters bonded asbestos products, allowing the deadly fibres to mix with ash and other debris and become airborne. "As people return to their homes it is a natural instinct to search through the remains for cherished possessions that may have survived the blaze, but it is essential that people protect themselves and their families from potential dangers,” Mr Robson said.
Read more: ADFA Media release

Indonesia: experts fear a coming cancer 'explosion'
Although Australia banned asbestos almost two decades ago, it is still killing hundreds of Australians. Statistics released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveal that at least 699 people died last year from mesothelioma, caused by asbestos exposure (SafetyNet 502). But to the north of us, builders and factories across Indonesia are still using asbestos in massive volumes, oblivious to the danger. It has been estimated that asbestos exposure kills about 60,000 people each year in Asia. Currently Indonesia is the second-biggest asbestos importer in the world with up to 10 per cent of all buildings there containing chrysotile, or white asbestos. The government position is that it is up to the building industry to stop using it - ignoring warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) of an ‘epidemic’ of asbestos-related diseases in South-East Asia.

Yet as many countries are moving towards banning asbestos, those advocating bans in Asia are facing a concerted campaign by an industry lobby group to promote white asbestos as 'safe', going so far as to falsely claim that the proven carcinogen dissolves in the lungs after 14 days. The asbestos lobby has also been targetting and seeking to discredit the work of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, an Australian union-based non-government organisation which has been running a 'ban asbestos in Asia' campaign over the past few years.

Australia's Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) says this heavy use of asbestos in South East Asia and the claims from the asbestos lobby group illustrate the importance of Australia’s international work to ban asbestos. ASEA's position is unambiguous: “It is clear that chrysotile can cause mesothelioma, other cancers and other forms of asbestos-related disease,” said ASEA CEO Justine Ross. The agency is working with government and non-government partners across SE Asia to spread this information.

Phillip Hazelton, Asia Campaign Coordinator for the Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases at Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA said, “Australia understands the tragic legacy of asbestos all too well and we have a duty to show strong international leadership to end asbestos use. As an organisation of the Australian Union movement we’re proud of the legacy of the hard-fought battles to win an asbestos ban in Australia and just compensation for those with asbestos diseases." ACTU Assistant Secretary Liam O’Brien, said “We call on the Morrison Government to take action to protect the health of working people across Asia, including in Australia by taking immediate action at home and leading reform internationally.”
Read more: White asbestos lines many Indonesian buildings and health experts fear a coming cancer ‘explosion’, Intellasia.net. Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA media release, ACTU media release. ASEA media release. Continuing asbestos use in Indonesia is a public health time bomb, Mirage news

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

Deliveroo riders want HSRs

Deliveroo food delivery riders have sent the gig economy company letters demanding that it comply with its WHS obligations and tackle the risks they face, like collisions with cars, falls and heat stress, according to the Transport Workers Union. They have given Deliveroo two weeks to comply with its WHS duty to allow riders to set up work groups and elect health and safety representatives, who will have the power to enforce safety obligations and direct workers to cease unsafe work (as per section 85 of the Commonwealth WHS Act, for example), the TWU said. This comes after the deaths of at least four food delivery riders at work in Australia in recent months, it said.

TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said: “Since arriving in Australia, Deliveroo has stripped workers of their rights: There are no guaranteed hourly rates, delivery distances have increased causing a 30-40 per cent drop in pay, and the company has terminated workers without warning or the chance to appeal. While our industrial laws are facilitating this stripping away of rights the workplace health and safety laws are robust and we expect Deliveroo to be held to account on safety.”The union has worked with delivery riders for two years to expose exploitation in the gig economy, forming a group called the Delivery Riders Alliance. A survey of food delivery riders found almost 50 per cent of riders had either been injured on the job or knew someone who had.

International Union news
UK: NUJ push to end impunity for crimes against journalists
The journalists’ union NUJ has contacted ambassadors and other country representatives in the UK to press for an end to crimes against journalists and the impunity of those responsible. The union is focussing on a number of countries this year as part of the global campaign – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malta, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Palestine/Israel, Peru, Philippines and Ukraine.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “Most countries around the world are failing to protect journalists.” She added, “Without safety and protection in place for journalists, without justice for all those who have been killed, we cannot have a free society or a free press”. Ahead of the 2 November international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, global journalists’ union IFJ launched a three week campaign to expose the “staggering” levels of impunity for crimes against journalists and the lack of international action to combat the rising tide of threats and abuse faced worldwide. The IFJ campaign will run until Saturday 23 November, the anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines, in which at least 32 media workers were killed.
Read more: NUJ news release and IFJ campaign and toolkit. Source: Risks 922

TUC guide on responding to work-related stress
The TUC, the UK's peak union council, has issued updated guidance for union safety reps on work-related stress. The guide takes into account the UK's regulator, the HSE conceding to union demands that it should also investigate cases of harassment and bullying where management’s wider organisational failings are a contributory factor.
Read more: Responding to harmful work-related stress, TUC, November 2019. Tackling stress workbook, stress management standards and other HSE workplace stress resources. More information on Stress

New diesel exhaust fume risk prevention guide
A new resource “to help workers protect themselves from dangerous diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs)” has been launched by IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. IOSH notes: “DEEEs can cause lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The card advises people working with or around diesel-powered equipment or vehicles to turn off engines if not needed, use tailpipe exhaust extraction systems, use workplace air extraction, wear a mask, and get trained.” The safety professionals’ organisation “also advises people who drive for work, such as couriers, truck or taxi drivers to close the windows in their vehicle.” Resources published last year by the TUC and Hazards magazine also highlight other health risks related to diesel exhaust exposure, including heart disease, eye, nose and throat irritation and brain damage. The TUC resource includes a prevention checklist for union safety reps.
Read more: IOSH news release and pocket card for workers on how to prevent exposure to DEEEs. UNION RESOURCES: Diesel exhaust in the workplace: A TUC guide for trade union activists, October 2018. Fuming feature, Diesel out prevention factsheet and Die diesel die pin-up-at-work poster. Hazards 144, October-December 2018. Source: Risks 922. Diesel information on this site

 


Research

New research on children and quad bikes

According to new research, children living in the Northern Territory are almost 12 times more likely to be hurt riding a dirt bike, quad bike or motorbike than they are to be injured on a waterslide.

The Centre for Disease Control's (CDC) Northern Territory Paediatric Injury Surveillance Project 2016 Report, authored by Jane Thomas from the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, collated patient data from kids aged 0-15 who presented at RDH's emergency department (ED). It found there were 13,121 paediatric presentations in 2016 — 31 per cent of which were injury-related. Altogether, there was 39 motorbike or dirt-bike related presentations in 2016, 20 ATV-related incidents, five injuries involving a waterslide and 13 classed as drowning or immersion. 

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons spokesman Associate Professor Warwick Teague said although the report showed only 20 children presented to Royal Darwin Hospital with ATV-related injures in 2016, the true figure was probably much higher. Professor Teague is calling on the NT Government to ban kids 16 and younger from using quad bikes — and said all Australian children need to be banned from using the "death traps" and leaders in all Australian jurisdictions need to take action. He said, "Quad bikes and kids are a deadly mix." Professor Teague said he did not believe there was a "safe" way children could use quad bikes — even using ATVs made for kids.
Read more: Children should not be allowed on ATVs, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons says  ABC news online


Regulator news

Victorian news

Government announces new WorkSafe Victoria appointments

The Andrews Labor Government has announced Colin Radford as WorkSafe Victoria’s new Chief Executive. John Merritt has been appointed as the new Chair of WorkSafe’s Board, and Elizabeth Lukin and Julie Warren have both been appointed as Board Directors.

Mr Radford is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority. He has previously served in senior executive roles at WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission.

Mr Merritt is currently serving as Non-Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission and Principal of Aeon Advisory Pty Ltd, an advisory company to Boards, Ministers and Chief Executives. He has previously held Chief Executive roles at VicRoads and the Environment Protection Authority. Those who have been in the OHS area for some time will remember that Mr Merritt was effectively in the role of Chief Executive Health and Safety at WorkSafe, and before that held positions in the union movement.

Ms Lukin has been with the AFL since 2015, currently serving as the Corporate Affairs Advisor. She has held previous roles at the AFL as General Manager Corporate Affairs and Communications and Head of Corporate Affairs. Prior to that she was owner and Director of Essential Media Communications.

Ms Warren was the President of the Victorian branch of the National Union of Workers from 2006 to 2018 and has held various roles at the union as organiser and trainer. She is currently a board member of the Portable Long Service Authority, Migrant Workers Centre, Manufacturing Skills Advisory Board and Cities & Successful Societies Project.
Read more: Victorian government media release

Government urges retailers to protect their staff

The government is urging retail sector employers to look after their workers during the busy Christmas period. It says that November and December are traditionally the peak months for the retail industry and its casual workforce grows substantially to meet the demands of shoppers. This includes large numbers of workers hired for temporary positions, whose inexperience can make them more vulnerable to health and safety hazards in the workplace.

Casual employees, possibly with limited OHS knowledge, can be required to work alone and are often managed by people who have limited experience themselves. They often find it difficult to speak up. In addition, they can spend long hours on their feet and be required to lift heavy objects while stacking shelves or sorting stock. Those in customer-facing roles are also at risk of being exposed to acts of occupational violence and aggression from members of the public.

Minister for Workplace Safety, Jill Hennessy, also announced that WorkSafe has endorsed the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association’s ‘No-one deserves a serve’ campaign pledge, which commits employers who sign up to taking a zero-tolerance approach to occupational violence.

WorkSafe Victoria inspectors will visit retail outlets over the next three months in a targeted inspection program to crack down on employers who are not meeting their obligations to keep workers safe. In addition to these inspections, the regulator will also run a social media education campaign, providing employers with advice about their responsibilities.
Read more: Victorian government media release

Safe Work Australia news

Fatality Statistics
SafeWork has updated its stats page since the last edition: as at November, the number of fatalities notified to national body was 138 - this is 14 more fatalities than the previous update on October 24. It is a tragedy that so many workers have been killed in just two weeks. The workers killed came from the following industries: 

  • 51 in Transport, postal & warehousing (eight more since the last update)
  • 28 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 20 in Construction
  • 8 in Mining
  • 6 in Public Administration & safety
  • 6 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 6 in Manufacturing
  • 3 in Arts & recreation services
  • 5 in 'Other services'
  • 2 in Professional, scientific & technical services
  • 2 in Wholesale trade
  • 1 in Administration & support 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

Formwork company fined $650,000 after worker falls to death

Last week an employer was fined $650,000 after a worker was killed in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall "almost inevitable". Formwork company Concorp Group Pty Ltd was convicted and fined in the County Court for breaching section 21 of the OHS Act, with regards to a labour-hire worker – a deemed employee under the Act.

In February 2016, the man was inside a riser shaft on the fourth floor of a multi-level apartment construction site drilling holes when the wooden platform he was on tipped under his weight and he fell to his death.

The Court heard the platform was constructed two days before the incident, and it was nailed to the wall and supported by two beams. One of the labourers who built it warned the site foreman tools could fall from it onto workers, and the platform was boarded up. However, workers weren't instructed not to work on the platform and on the day of the incident someone removed the plywood blocking the entrance. 

An engineer engaged by WorkSafe Victoria found the platform was completely unsuitable for purpose and the likelihood of an incident occurring was almost inevitable. The engineer found it would have been reasonably practicable for Concorp to:

  • have used a site engineer to design the work platform;
  • reduce its size to eliminate the cantilever zone; or
  • add an additional support beam and extend the platform to the width of the shaft.

At the time of the trial, Concorp was placed in liquidation and was not present nor represented, and was deemed to have pleaded not guilty, before being found guilty and fined $650,000. It is very possible that the fine will never be paid. (Source: OHS Alert)

Commercial laundry fined $40,000 after worker's arm crushed in machine

Princes Laundry Services, one of Victoria's largest commercial laundry services for the healthcare and hospitality industries, with four of its national worksites in Victoria including one at Park Way, Braeside. 

On 7 February 2018 a flat iron worker and employee was working with her supervisor feeding clothing items onto the conveyer and front feeder area of a flat iron machine. The cord of a hospital gown became entangled in the roller and dragged her into the machine trapping her arm and shoulder between the roller and feeding plate of the iron. A crow bar had to be used to prise open the feeder plate to allow her arm to be released. The worker suffered crush injuries to her right arm and shoulder, third degree burns requiring a skin draft from her thigh and ongoing anxiety.

Previously (in February 2017) at the same workplace, another employee was working on the same machine and was injured in an almost exact incident when a gown string became entangled around the roller. The company at the time took measures to eliminate the risk of crush or entanglement by fitting a guard to the danger areas such as the in running nip points. However some months before the current incident Princes Laundry removed the guard when employees complained that working on the machine caused back pain. It was not replaced with another, improved, or differently engineered guard. Obviously this created a risk of serious injury to anyone using the ironing machine without the guarding.

Princes Laundry Services pleaded guilty and was without conviction sentenced to pay a fine of $40,000 and to pay costs of $3,592.

Enforceable undertaking after worker impaled

Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd, head contractor at a commercial building site, has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.  WorkSafe withdrew charges againstthe company after accepting an enforceable undertaking from the company, which included developing a subcontractor safety culture program to target unsafe behaviours (!!) throughout the "subcontractor lifecycle", from pre-tender to job completion.

In August 2016, at a shopping centre development where Probuild was head contractor, a subcontractor's employee was installing glass panels on the roof when he lost his footing stepping backwards and fell onto open-ended scaffolding uprights. He was impaled and sustained significant injuries. Probuild was charged with breaching section 23 of the OHS Act, in failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks so far as was reasonably practicable.

WorkSafe found it would have been reasonably practicable for Probuild to raise the height of the uprights above the level workers were working at or fit plastic caps on the ends of the uprights.

According to the Enforceable Undertaking document, Probuild committed $100,000 to developing and delivering the safety culture program for subcontractors - unique to the construction industry and in response to current demands for such resources in the sector.  The program aimed to "target onsite behaviours that directly impacted health and safety and provide tools to empower individuals to challenge unhelpful safety attitudes". Probuild also planned to develop a safety culture website for the construction industry, to help subcontractors build positive organisational safety cultures. The whole undertaking was expected to cost $175,000. 

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


International news

UK: Revised guidance: exposure to welding fume
In February 2019 HSE issued a safety alert (Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume) to inform industry of a change in relation to the control expectations for exposure to welding fume including that from mild steel welding. This followed new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans. HSE has now revised its guidance.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health direct advice for welding to help make sure exposure to any welding fume released is adequately controlled has been published, along with HSE’s web pages on how to manage exposure to welding fume.


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  

November 18 – 22: Werribee
November 25 – 29 (Education Sector ONLY): AEU Abbotsford
December 9 – 13: Carlton

HSR Refresher OHS Training Courses*

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.

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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