SafetyNet 571

April 14, 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of SafetyNet. The OHS Team hopes that everyone had a safe and happy Easter break - and have settled back into work! There are lots of things happening - including our annual event for International Workers' Memorial Day. 

Visit our We Are Union: OHS Reps Facebook page for news, memes and more. If you have any questions or need any advice, we can be reached via the Ask Renata facility on the website or through the closed OHS Network Facebook page. If you have comments or want to send through any ideas, email us at [email protected]

Union News

Reminder: April 28 is International Workers Memorial Day

April 28th is International Workers Memorial Day, and this year for the first time in Victoria, official statistics will acknowledge the toll of workplace illnesses.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim the lives of health workers and frontline workers around the world, it is particularly relevant to stop and hold a (socially distanced) vigil remembering the dead and fighting for the living. Join workers and bereaved family for a moving ceremony at Trades Hall on 28 April at 10.30 am. RSVP here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update 

Australia has had a total of 29,442 cases of coronavirus diagnosed.  There has been just one more death - that of a man in his 80's who came into the country from the Philippines. 

Internationally, the numbers of infections and deaths are still worryingly high: the cumulative number of infections when we last published SafetyNet on Wednesday March 31 was 128,788,291. Two weeks later the number today is 138,013,074. This is almost ten  million more infections! (note: the numbers are updated continually). There have been 2,971,864 COVID-related deaths around the world. It had been hoped that the numbers would reduce due to increasing numbers of people being vaccinated - but it may be that in many countries the vaccination programs have been slow. 

This has certainly been the case in Australia - originally the Federal government had planned to have every single person in Australia receive at least their first vaccine by October of this year. However, this goal has now been abandoned - due in part to supplies from Europe not being at the levels expected, but also due to poor planning of the rollout by the Federal government. The recent decision to not vaccinate under 50's with the AstraZeneca vaccine will also have an effect on the numbers being vaccinated.

At time of press, 152,363 Victorians had received at least their first vaccination. Also since our last SafetyNet, Victoria has begun to welcome returned travellers into its upgraded hotel quarantine program.   

Reminder: The Department of Health's Victorian COVID-19 vaccination guidelines (the guidelines), appendices and resources available online on this DHS webpage. The guidelines provide advice and describe the minimum requirements for delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Victoria, in accordance with the requirements set out by the Commonwealth Government. The guidelines are updated weekly. Please ensure you are using the most up to date version. Updates are highlighted in yellow in the document.

For more information, go to these pages on the website: Coronavirus disease and Coronavirus the Victorian situation 

Union says Morrison government fails nurses

After conducting a survey of some of its members over the Easter period, the Victorian union for nurses, midwives and personal care workers is calling on the Federal Morrison Government to urgently ask the Andrews Government to take on the vaccination program for the Commonwealth’s phase 1a private aged care workforce.

The survey revealed that 86 per cent of Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) private aged care members – nurses and personal care workers – had not received a vaccination. Of those who had been vaccinated, most had grown tired of waiting for the promise of a workplace vaccination and arranged their own vaccination through their private GP. A report in today's media says that many aged care and disability workers are scrambling to source their own COVID-19 jabs after being left behind by the slow and uncertain Commonwealth-run vaccination rollout

The ANMF said Morrison Government, which is responsible for the vaccination of private aged care residents and staff, across the country originally planned to contract agencies to vaccinate residents and staff in the nursing homes. 

ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said ‘The Morrison Government must prioritise vaccination of private aged care staff at work given the hundreds of resident deaths in this sector last year. Their hands-off approach ignores the brutal aged care lessons we learned during last year’s COVID-19 outbreak." Ms Fitzpatrick said, "By outsourcing their responsibility under the guise of choice, the Morrison Government has abandoned private aged care nurses, personal care workers and other staff."

Meanwhile the Victorian Andrews Government, which is responsible for the vaccination of public aged care residents and staff, is using an effective combination of outreach services and hospital and vaccination hubs. The vast majority of the state’s public aged care workforce has been vaccinated with many having received their second dose. Read more: The Age and ANMF Media release

Ask Renata  

Hello Renata,  

Can a DWG have more than one HSR and if so do they all have the same rights and powers?

The default under the OHS Act is one HSR per DWG, and until the 2004 OHS Act was introduced, this was the only option.

However, changes were introduced in 2004 and now either party to the agreement regarding the number and composition of DWGs can seek to vary the DWG to have either more than one HSR and/or a deputy HSR for each HSR.

This is under s43-46 of the Act. A request to vary must be made and the employer must agree to negotiate. If agreement cannot be reached then a WorkSafe inspector can be asked to come to the workplace to determine any unresolved particulars.

The Act says that the negotiations must take into account the need for DWGs to be set up so that they:

  1. best and most conveniently enable the interests of employees (in the DWG) to be represented and safeguarded, and
  2. best takes account of the need for an HSR to be accessible to each member of the group.

So for example if an HSR has a large number of workers in their DWG, then it's going to be very difficult for that HSR to be accessible, and so there need to be changes made. The DWG could be varied so that there are two or more DWGs. Or, if the DWG is very large but not easily divided, then the option is to have more than one HSR. See: Designated Work Groups.

Each HSR has the same rights under the OHS Act - to training, and the power to issue PINs, order ceaseworks, etc.

If the decision is to have deputies (either to the one HSR or to more than one), then the deputies have the right to attend training, but can only exercise their rights if the HSR is not available (eg if the HSR is on leave).

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

Have you checked out the VTHC's new COVIDSafe workplace project? 

The COVIDsafe workplace project is run by Trades Hall to make sure that workers in communities and industries that are most at risk of COVID are provided with a safe workplace and are informed enough to be COVIDsafe at work. 

If you have any concerns about anything that’s happening at work regarding COVID safety- such as your workplace being unclean, too crowded or you’re being told to attend work when sick- then join together with other workers and do something about it. Visit the COVIDsafe workplace website to get the information you need to help make sure your workplace is safe.

Visit the COVIDsafe workplace website now. Because if your job isn’t COVIDsafe, it’s not safe!

Asbestos news

Queensland: Former Gympie Nestle worker at centre of asbestos fight

A deceased former Gympie Nestle worker is at the centre of a civil court fight amid allegations he and another man were exposed to asbestos while working with products created by Klinger Limited that led to their deaths.

The man was a maintenance fitter at the Gympie plant from 1961 to 1998, where he worked with Klingerit gaskets. He died in 2018, from malignant mesothelioma.

It is alleged he developed the disease from inhaling asbestos dust and fibre caused by the company’s failure to take reasonable care to avoid exposing people to “the risk of foreseeable injury arising from the supply, sale and subsequent use of Klingerit”. 
Read more: The Gympie Times  

Study reveals over 65 per cent of ships still operate with asbestos

Despite the introduction ten years ago of regulations prohibiting the use of asbestos materials onboard ship, a significant number of existing and newbuild vessels continue to operate systems and machinery containing the hazardous substance.

According to CTI Group subsidiary and Singapore-based maritime testing facility Maritec, which carried out asbestos surveys for IMO compliance between 2011 and 2020, more than 55 per cent of in-service vessels and 50 per cent of all newbuilds were found to contain asbestos materials.

“Although newbuild ships are delivered with an asbestos free declaration, in many cases asbestos has been found onboard during subsequent surveys, or port state inspections,” said John Rendi, Maritec’s General Manager, Environmental Services. 
Read more: Baird Maritime

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

International Union news

UK: TUC safe return report warns of infections ‘rebound’

The UK government and employers have been warned that “infections could rebound” if workplaces aren’t COVID-secure, the TUC has warned. The alert from the union body came ahead of the reopening of hospitality and non-essential shops on 12 April. The TUC said the vaccine rollout and workplace testing must not be used as an excuse to relax safe working rules.

Over 11,000 working age people have so far died during the pandemic, with thousands of reported outbreaks in workplaces and many more going unreported.

A new TUC report sets out the steps ministers and employers should take to keep people safe at work and to prevent another spike in workplace infections. It says all employers must update their risk assessments to take account of what we now know about the importance of ventilation. It points out that as the UK unlocked in summer 2020, more emphasis was placed on surface disinfection – but we now know effective ventilation should be a higher priority.

The TUC adds that any activity which can be conducted outside should be, and that employers should invest in ventilation systems, as well as continuing to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. The union body wants decent sick pay for all and adds companies should seek to persuade staff to get the vaccine, but not make it a condition of employment. The TUC says that making vaccinations compulsory will damage employer-staff relations and could result in legal cases on the grounds of discrimination.
Read more: TUC news release and Safe Return To Work report, April 2021 [pdf version]. Source: Risks 992

 


Research

COVID-19 linked to mental and neurological conditions

One in three COVID -19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a study has found.

Researchers examined more than 230,000 patient health records, looking at 14 neurological and mental health disorders. Professor Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, from the University of Oxford, said the findings “confirm the high rates of psychiatric diagnoses after COVID -19, and show that serious disorders affecting the nervous system (such as stroke and dementia) occur too. While the latter are much rarer, they are significant, especially in those who had severe Covid-19.” He added “that many of these conditions are chronic.”

The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, found the estimated incidence of being diagnosed with a neurological or mental health disorder following COVID -19 infection was 34 per cent. For 13 per cent of these people it was their first recorded neurological or psychiatric diagnosis. The most common diagnoses after COVID-19 were anxiety disorders (occurring in 17 per cent of patients), mood disorders (14 per cent), substance misuse disorders (7 per cent), and insomnia (5 per cent). The incidence of neurological outcomes was lower, including 0.6 per cent for brain haemorrhage, 2.1 per cent for ischaemic stroke, and 0.7 per cent for dementia.

Risks of a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis were greatest in, but not limited to, patients who had severe COVID -19. After taking into account underlying health characteristics, such as age, sex, ethnicity, and existing health conditions, there was overall a 44 per cent greater risk of neurological and mental health diagnoses after COVID -19 than after flu, and a 16 per cent greater risk after COVID -19 than with respiratory tract infections. Dr Max Taquet, a co-author of the study, said: “Our results indicate that brain diseases and psychiatric disorders are more common after COVID -19 than after flu or other respiratory infections, even when patients are matched for other risk factors.”
Read more: Maxime Taquet, John R Geddes, Masud Husain, Sierra Luciano, Paul J Harrison. 6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records, [Full text] Lancet Psychiatry 2021. Published Online 6 April 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(21)00084-5. BBC News Online. Source: Risks 992


Regulator News

The 2021 WorkSafe Awards are now open!

The WorkSafe Awards are a way to recognise those individuals, teams or organisations that go above and beyond for workplace safety. 

WorkSafe Victoria want to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who work to keep Victorians safe at work. health and safety and return to work champions. The VTHC encourages subscribers to nominate themselves, a colleague or your workplace.

Entries are now open across the following categories:

  • Health and Safety Representative of the Year (the main event for HSRs!)
  • Commitment to Workplace Health and Safety on a Farm
  • Workplace Health and Safety Solution of the Year
  • Leading Return to Work Practice
  • and more..

Sally Collier-Clarke and Sara Jorgensen, ANMF members and HSRs at Bendigo Health were the joint winners of HSR of the year in 2019. They were also key note speakers at the VTHC OHS Reps Conference in 2020.  Find out more about the awards here and nominate your HSR. Entries close on 7 May 2021, so don't delay!

New HSR newsletter

WorkSafe's newsletter for HSRs was sent out today. The edition has items on the WorkSafe Awards, the newly re-issued Representation Guide, the importance of consultation with regards to Hazardous Manual Handling, and more. Check out the newsletter here

New Silica Campaign

This week WorkSafe launched a campaign aimed at stonemasons across Victoria who have either not yet signed up for or have not completed their free health assessment. Their campaign begins with the story of Milé, a former stonemason who has been through the health assessment program and has been diagnosed with early-stage silicosis.  

A constant worry about job security meant Milé kept putting off taking a health assessment for silicosis - until he saw that other workers were being removed from the work, and spoke with Dianne in WorkSafe's Health Assessment team. 

For many stonemasons, the fear of the unknown can stop them from signing up for — or even progressing with the free silica health assessment program offered by WorkSafe. 

Watch the video to find out how WorkSafe assisted Milé. Find out more about silica - the health effects, what HSRs should do to ensure that workers are not being exposed and more. 

New Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail, edition 7.7, commenced in Victoria on April 1, 2021.  The Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2018 have also been amended to reflect the new edition of the ADG Code where necessary. 

The Code provides important controls on the movement of commonly-used dangerous goods, such as petrol, LPG and paints, primarily to protect public safety.

The ADG Code is prepared by the National Transport Commission and approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council. It is based on the Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations by the United Nations, while retaining some Australian specific provisions. Anyone involved in the transport by road and rail of substances classified as ‘dangerous goods’ must comply with the code by October 1, 2021.

The ADG Code 7.7 includes United Nations and Australian based changes. A detailed table of the amendments can be viewed on the NTC website here [pdf]. A copy of the code can be downloaded on this page of the NTC site.

Major Hazards forum - registrations now open

As announced in a previous edition of SafetyNet, WorkSafe is hosting the National Major Hazard Facilities Forum online this year: a 'virtual' two day event, on May 4 and 5.  

WorkSafe has said the purpose of this event is to bring together like-minded persons from across Australia to share best practice with the aim of improving safety outcomes and reducing risk at Major Hazard Facilities. The forum will:
  • Engage Major Hazard Facility operators, safety practitioners and regulators with modern safety theory
  • Challenge existing paradigms about safety management at Major Hazard Facilities
  • Hear from guest speakers from industry, regulators, and academia as well as practical case studies and facilitated workshops
The day will be structured around the theme of Resilience Thinking: Driving better safety outcomes. 

Participants will be able to hear from renowned industry experts including Trish Kerin (IChemE Safety Centre), Dr. Drew Rae (Griffith University), Dr. Tristan Casey (Griffith University), Dr. David Provan (Forge Works) and many more – as well as industry and national regulator representatives. The program can be accessed here.  

It would be fantastic if HSRs from at facilities which have been designated as being 'Major Hazard Facilities' could also participate with their management representatives. 

When:  May 4 & 5, 2021
Where: Virtually
Cost: $275.00 inc. GST 
Registration: Register now here

QLD: New safety alerts

  1. Operator killed by reversing telehandler   
    In January 2021, a worker on a private property was fatally injured when a telehandler ran over him. Early investigations show the telehandler was loading a crop-dusting plane with fertiliser at a private airstrip on the property when the operator reversed it over a worker.

    The alert goes through the safety issues and the possible control measures to prevent such incidents occurring. It also gives advice on implanting a traffic management plan  

  2. Forklift operator seriously injured by falling pallet 
    In February 2021, a warehouse facility worker was seriously injured when several pallets fell onto the forklift he was operating.

    Initial enquiries indicate he was using the forklift to place a stack of pallets onto storage racking when for reasons yet to be established the pallets fell and landed on the forklift’s overhead protection cage but also struck the back of his head. Investigations are continuing. 

    This alert also goes through the safety issues and possible control measures and provides information on forklifts and racking

National News 

Review of the workplace exposure standards - public comment closes 30 July

In March 2020, Safe Work Australia paused the release and public consultation for the workplace exposure standards (WES) review until further notice. Public feedback resumed on 1 February 2021 with Release 15: paraffin wax to zirconium compounds. This release will be open on the SWA consultation platform, Engage  until 30 July 2021. Read more. 

National Fatality Statistics 

Safe Work Australia last updated its statistics on fatalities on April 1, at which time they had been notified that 24 Australian workers had been killed at work in 2021 - this is one more than at March 18. The deaths this year have been in the following sectors:

  • 9 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 3 in Arts & recreation services
  • 3 in Construction
  • 2 in Manufacturing 
  • 2 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 2 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 1 in Other Services 
  • 1 in Wholesale trade
  • 1 in Public administration & safety

These figures are based mainly on initial media reports and provide a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia updates details of the incident. Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australia’s annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards. Note that the figures are based on preliminary reports, and so at times will change. To check for updates, and for more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage.

 

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Prosecutions

Timber products manufacturer and director convicted and fined 

Timberwood Panels Pty Ltd, a manufacturer and distributor of timber veneers, veneered and coloured boards, plywood, particleboard and medium-density fibreboard (MDF), operating in Campbellfield, and Iain Agyeman, a director and Production Manager of the sanding and trimming line, have been convicted and fined after a worker was crushed by a machine.

On 6 June 2019 an employee entered the robotic hoist area of the sanding and trimming line in order to clear a malfunction. He accessed the area through a gate, which had had its interlock overridden, and through a missing section of internal fencing. As he approached the malfunction area, he began moving panels which triggered the sensor, causing the robotic hoist to activate. The hoist then descended upon him and trapped him underneath. Co-workers heard the employee calling for help and ran to help. The hoist was eventually manually lifted off him.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering a fractured sacrum, bulge to his L4/L5 disc and pinched nerve in his left leg. He returned to work on modified duties in August 2019. As of March 2021, he continued to receive physiotherapy and remained on restricted duties.

An investigation found that the main risk control implemented on the sanding and trimming line was a distance guard fitted with interlocks on the gates which had been bypassed. The interlock switch would continuously send to the trim line control system the signal that the doors were closed and that it was safe to operate it. The doors could be freely opened and the danger area accessed without affecting the operation of the equipment.

At the time of the incident, a number of other safety guards allowing physical access to various dangerous areas of the trimming line (including the guillotine, running feed rollers, glue spreader, the saw blades the robotic hoists) had been removed. Other interlock control measures had also been disabled or bypassed, so that the corresponding access points could be opened without shutting the plant off, which was contrary to design. This permitted access to the designated danger areas, whilst the plant would continue to run.

In addition, the instructions provided to employees operating the trimming and sanding line were inadequate, since employees were not adequately trained in safe operation of the plant, risk identification and tag and lockout procedures.

The company and the director pleaded guilty. Both were convicted, with the company fined $35,000 (plus $3,640 in costs), and the director fined $25,000

Two employers fined after labour hire work seriously injured

A labour-hire company and a host employer have both been fined after a worker’s hand was caught in an unguarded piece of plant.

The host employer, Chinese appetiser manufacture Makmur Enterprises Pty Ltd was fined $90,000 with conviction, while labour-hire company Tristaff Recruitment Ltd was fined $20,000 without conviction, in relation to the injury.

Victoria's Online Magistrates Court outlined a number of reasonably practicable measures the labour-hire company should have taken to ensure the safety of its workers at host sites.

In December 2018, a Tristaff worker at a Richmond Makmur factory was holding a plastic cover to a vegetable dicer's outlet chute when his left hand was sucked into the machine and became caught between the crosscut knives and the back of the chute. It took the Metropolitan Fire Brigade more than two hours to free the worker's hand, which was seriously injured.

Makmur pleaded guilty to two charges under section 21 of the State OHS Act. Tristaff pleaded guilty to one charge.

WorkSafe Victoria alleged workers operating the dicer were at risk of serious injury because it was possible for parts of their body to access the crosscut knives while the dicer was operating, and that it was reasonably practicable for Makmur to eliminate or reduce the risk by installing interlocked guarding over the chute.

Makmur should also have provided workers with information, instruction and training on how to perform their work safely, including: information on the hazards associated with the dicer; a documented safe operating procedure; and training to ensure the instructions were clearly understood including by workers who spoke English as a second language, the Court heard.

It found Tristaff should have eliminated or minimised the risk to its employees by:

  • Attending the workplace regularly to identify the risks to its workers;
  • Recording what actions were needed to reduce or eliminate those risks;
  • Consulting with Makmur on these actions before placing employees at the premises;
  • Monitoring the work its employees were performing to ensure they were not assigned duties or tasks they were not equipped to perform safely; and
  • Consulting with employees on their duties at the workplace and what they perceived were risks.

In addition to the fines, Makmur and Tristaff were ordered to pay $2,659 and $4,392 respectively in costs.

To check for any Victorian prosecutions before the next edition, go to WorkSafe Victoria's Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings webpage. 


International News

Canada: Quebec farmers to get Parkinson's compensation

For people working in the agriculture industry who have developed Parkinson's as a result of long-term exposure to pesticides, claiming benefits from Quebec's workplace health and safety board (CNESST) is about to get easier. With Parkinson's added to the province’s list of accepted occupational illnesses, people working on farms will no longer have to prove the disease is related to their work.

However, similar to a law introduced in France in 2012, Quebecers who seek compensation will have to prove they have had direct exposure to pesticides through contact or inhalation over a period of at least 10 years. The Parkinson's diagnosis must also have been made within seven years after the end of exposure to pesticides. According to a statement from the Labour Ministry, this change represents the government’s acknowledgement of “the evolution of scientific advances” which show that “exposure to pesticides, without the prescribed precautionary measures, can have harmful effects on human health.”

In a statement, Quebec minister of agriculture, fisheries and food, André Lamontagne, said: “By promoting better access to the compensation plan for the thousands of men and women who work daily to feed Quebec, we are ensuring that everyone is treated fairly.” Elizabeth McNamara, 71, who like her husband developed Parkinson’s after exposure to herbicides on their dairy farm, called the Quebec government's decision “a light at the end of the tunnel.” She is a member of the Association of Quebec Pesticide Victims, which lobbied hard for this change. “We did it for employees but we didn't do it for ourselves,” she said. “We thought an employee would get hurt by a machine, not from an airborne pesticide.” McNamara also wants to see other conditions related to pesticide exposure added to the occupational health list, including Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's and fertility issues. 
Read more: CBC News. Source: Risks 992

USA: Amazon grovels after pee-in-vans denial

Amazon has apologised to a US politician for falsely denying its drivers have been forced to urinate in plastic bottles. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, referenced Amazon making “workers urinate in water bottles” in a tweet. The official Amazon Twitter account then replied: “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

The company has now apologised after evidence emerged of drivers having to urinate in bottles.

“We owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” Amazon said in a statement. “The tweet was incorrect. It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfilment centres.”

Mr Pocan had criticised Amazon for opposing efforts by workers to unionise a major facility in Alabama. Amazon's retraction added: “We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during COVID when many public restrooms have been closed.”

Mr Pocan rejected the apology, tweeting: “Sigh. This is not about me, this is about your workers - who you don't treat with enough respect or dignity. Start by acknowledging the inadequate working conditions you've created for ALL your workers, then fix that for everyone and finally, let them unionise without interference.” Amazon has successfully fought off unionisation efforts in the US. However, most of its European facilities are unionised. 
Read more: Amazon statement and Amazon twitter exchange with Rep. Pocan. BBC News Online. Source: Risks 992


Events

April 21: Dangerous Goods Advisory Group

The second DGAG bimonthly meeting for 2021 will be held tonight, via Zoom, from 5.30pm - 7.30pm. The DGAG is a general networking / discussion update meeting, open to all, to discuss issues that are going on for Dangerous Goods and Chemical Regulation at the moment. 

The DGAG will be a Webinar Chat meeting - to join the Zoom Meeting click here. Meeting ID: 826 0918 6649 Password: 776916

The meeting will have a similar agenda to past meetings

The topics to be discussed will be:

  1. Hazardous Chemicals / Dangerous Goods Incidents 

  2. The ADG Transport Code & Changes in the UN Model Regs, IMDG Code, IATA Regs, NZ Regs etc

  3. Dangerous Goods (Storage & Handling), GHS Haz. Chemicals, & Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals

  4. Update on Classification and Training for Dangerous Goods

  5. Information sharing 

  6. Other meetings and events

For more information, contact Jeff Simpson (DGAG convenor and Webinar host), Haztech Environmental, Ph: 03-9885-1269 Mob: 0403-072-092, Email: [email protected]

Jeff can assist in setting up the Zoom meeting or adjusting computer settings. Contact Jeff for instructions on how to join.  

The following 3rd DGAG meeting in 2021, will be on Wed 16th June 2021 (meetings are now the 3rd Wed), as another DGAG Webinar Discuss/Chat Meeting at 5.30-7.30pm.

There are two upcoming events being run by APHEDA

1 - Wednesday April 21st Venezuela Solidarity Forum

Venezuelans are experiencing serious hardships due to sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies. They are fighting back but need international support to stand up and build the future that they choose. There will be a number of Venezuelan and Australian speakers.  

When: April 21, 6.30 for 7pm start
Where: MUA Auditorium (46-54 Ireland Street). Also as a webinar, on this link.
Light refreshments provided.

2 - Friday 7th May MUA Fundraiser Painters & Dockers Timor Leste Solidarity Gig

Don’t miss out on a ticket to this awesome gig featuring legendary punk rock band the Painters & Dockers plus support acts in Solidarity with the people of Timor Leste. To make a bookings go to this page

When: Friday 7th May, 7pm-11pm
Where: MUA Auditorium, 46-54 Ireland Street, West Melbourne
Tickets:  $80 or $800 for a table of 10 Includes: Food and entertainment


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