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April 28, 2021

Welcome the latest edition of SafetyNet. 

On International Workers' Memorial Day, it is with great sadness that we inform our subscribers that another Victorian worker was killed in the past week.

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

Today April 28: International Workers Memorial Day

Today we remembered the many thousands of workers who are killed at work or who die as a result of work. April 28th is International Workers Memorial Day, and this year for the first time in Victoria, official statistics acknowledged the toll of workplace illnesses. 

The commemoration ceremony held at the Trades Hall was extremely well-attended. Present were health and safety reps, union officials, representatives from WorkSafe and the the labour law firms, and a number of both state and federal politicians. The gathered crowd heard from a number of speakers:

  • Luke Hilakari - Secretary of the VTHC
  • Ms Ingrid Stitt - Minister for Workplace Safety
  • Mr Tim Pallas - Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations
  • Mr Colin Radford - CEO of WorkSafe
  • Ms Madelaine Harradence - Assistant Secretary of the ANMF

The names of the 49 Victorians who died as a result of work were read out and boots and shoes placed by young VTHC workers, followed by a minute's silence and the laying of wreaths.  Go to this page on the site for an overview of the event, or watch the video on the We Are Union: OHS Reps Facebook page, here.

This is an international campaign (see the Global Events Map). According to the ILO, 7,600 workers die of work incidents or disease every day. Take a look at what the ILO says, here. This year's international campaign theme is: HEALTH AND SAFETY IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT AT WORK #IWMD21

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. 

Mechanic killed under car

It is with great sadness that we inform our subscribers that a mobile mechanic was killed last Thursday in Ferntree Gully while working under a car. Preliminary reports are that the 75-year-old man was working alone when the car rolled off a trolley jack, crushing him. WorkSafe is investigating.

The VTHC extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the man.

The death brings the workplace fatality toll to 14 for 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update 

Australia has had a total of 29,718 cases of coronavirus diagnosed, and a total of 910 COVID-related deaths.  While it is clear that we continue to do very well in relation to keeping the spread of COVID under control, it is clear the country must continue to be vigilant, and improve the area in which we are very weak: vaccination rollout. 

Internationally, the numbers of infections and deaths are terrifying: the cumulative number of infections last week was 143,541,237. Today it is 149,309,249. This is 5.77 million new infections in the past week, an increase of about 7 per cent, There have now been 3,147,969 COVID-related deaths around the world. (note these figures are updated constantly)

The situation in India has continued to worsen, with the number of new infections increasing to over 300,000 each day. Hospitals have reported running out of not just beds, but everything else: mask and other PPE, oxygen, ventilators, and so on. The Australian government is sending critical medical supplies to India to help with the outbreak which includes 500 ventilators, 1 million surgical masks, 500,000 P2 and N95 masks, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.

Many countries, including Australia, have now imposed a ban on flights from India. This means that there are about 9000 Australians stranded in India, with about 650 of these considered to be 'vulnerable'. The ban is currently in place until May 15. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected criticism he is abandoning these Australians in India and says he is committed to bringing people back as soon as it is safe.
Source: ABC news online

UPDATE COVID-19 Vaccinations

The vaccine rollout continues to have serious issues, including an increasing rate of what is being termed 'vaccine hesitancy'. A recent Guardian Australia Essential poll has found confidence in the rollout strategy is waning, with fewer than half of people aged over 50 are willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine despite it being recommended by Australia’s health officials. The survey of 1,090 people, taken during a fresh political furore over hotel quarantine and after weeks of confusion about the government’s vaccine rollout, has also tracked a significant increase in those who said they would never get vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 12 per cent to 16 per cent over the past six weeks. Source: The Guardian

At time of press, 198,228 vaccine doses had been administered in Victoria. 

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 

Ask Renata  

Hello Renata,  

I would like to confirm the requirements to test and tag equipment supplied by the company for a home office. Is there a requirement for the business to carry out the testing on, for example, a laptop and charger, or a printer, or any cables if they have been supplied. I understand new can be provided with a new to service tag, but I'm talking about ongoing testing on equipment.

Under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act, the employer has a legal duty to ensure that any equipment provided to employees for use at home is safe, as if it were being used at the workplace, because for the time being, the home office is that employee’s workplace.

This includes ensuring any electrical equipment is safe by inspecting it and also having it tested as necessary. However, there is nothing specific about testing and tagging in the Act or the regulations, so there is no 'law' on how often this needs to be done. There is, however, an Australian standard, which while not law, would be considered part of the 'state of knowledge' employers must take into account.

A word of warning: I have learnt from experience at my  own workplace that there are firms which push their services, and overstate the ‘rules’  Check this page out for what the law says about electrical equipment.  You might also be interested in this general page of information on working from home – it’s not just the equipment an employer needs to be aware of and has duties in relation to.

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

Have you downloaded the OHShelp App yet?

OHShelp is a free, all-in-one app for Health and Safety Representatives. It has been designed to help HSRs stay informed, organised and in touch with their unions.

HSRs are now able to use the app to identify workplace hazards and access fact sheets written in plain language. The app also allows users to log issues as they find them, and to share the details with their employer, workmates and union. Check out more information on what's on the app, and how to sign up on the OHShelp website. For the moment the app is only available for union members, but a free trial is being organised for non-union members. 

Asbestos news

Victoria: asbestos waste a growing problem 
A post-COVID building boom is speeding up a massive asbestos challenge in Victoria. Those renovating schools and homes are increasingly finding asbestos. The state government’s latest asbestos disposal management plan shows more than 178,000 tonnes of the material made its way into landfill in 2019-20, and this figure is forecast to increase to more than 310,000 by 2031. Despite this, there are only 21 landfills across the state currently accepting asbestos, and over the next 30 years this could drop to just seven

The challenge of disposing of asbestos and asbestos contaminated materials was identified several years ago, including the low number of tips accepting asbestos waste. Source: The Herald Sun

Queensland: Asbestos found in over 100 schools 
Asbestos has been removed at more than 100 Queensland state schools in the past financial year, costing the state government more than $6.5 million to extract the hazardous material.  This was revealed in a response from Education Minister Grace Grace to a Question on Notice tabled in Parliament. 

Ms Grace said that the safety of students, staff and visitors was the department's highest priority. The state government spent $6,547,103 to remove the asbestos from 112 schools in the past financial year between 2020 to the end of February 2021.  The Queensland government spent $12,505,970 across 197 schools in 2019-2020, $11,356,197 across 165 schools in 2018-2019, and $16,272,283 across 225 schools in 2017-2018.

Ms Grace said asbestos-containing material (ACM) was commonly used in building products until the late 1980s. "As many Queensland schools were built before 1990, it is not uncommon for ACM to be present in these facilities. It is important to know that ACM that is in good condition and left untouched is relatively low risk." Read more: ABC news online  

NSW: Beach closed again 
Little Bay Beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs was closed for two weeks from Monday after more than 1000 pieces of asbestos-containing materials were discovered in the past eight months. Weirdly, although closed, it will reopen for weekends! Randwick City Council said the temporary closure will allow a detailed site inspection to "help better understand the location, source and historic asbestos-containing materials (ACM) found onsite". The council noted the nearby gullies may have been used as landfill sites prior to 1988 when the adjacent Prince Henry Hospital was operating. The first discovery was made by a resident at the beach in August 2020. Source: msn news

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

International Union news

UK: ‘Stark’ COVID death rates skewed towards insecure jobs 
According to a Trade Union Congress (TUC) analysis of official figures, COVID-19 mortality rates in the UK during the pandemic are twice as high in insecure jobs than in other professions.

The analysis shows the COVID -19 male mortality rate in insecure occupations was 51 per 100,000 people aged 20-64, compared to 24 per 100,000 people in less insecure occupations. The female mortality rate in insecure occupations was 25 per 100,000 people, compared to 13 per 100,000 in less insecure occupations. According to the TUC’s analysis, sectors such as care, leisure, and the elementary occupations have high rates of insecure work – compared to managerial, professional and admin sectors which have some of the lowest.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Too many workers are trapped on zero hours contracts or in other sorts of insecure work, and are hit by a triple whammy of endemic low pay, few workplace rights and low or no sick pay.” She added: “Ministers must urgently raise statutory sick pay to the level of the real Living Wage, and make sure everyone can get it – including those on zero hours contracts and other forms of insecure work.” The TUC leader warned: “If people can’t observe self-isolation when they need to, the virus could rebound. No-one should have to choose between doing the right thing and putting food on the table. And ministers must tackle the scourge of insecure work by finally bringing forward their promised Employment Bill. It’s time to ban zero-hours contracts, false self-employment and to end exploitation at work.” Read more: TUC news release. Source: Risks 933

UK: Workers want a 'right to disconnect' 
Almost 6 in 10 workers across the UK want to see a new ‘right to disconnect’ policy in the forthcoming Westminster Employment Bill, new polling from the union Prospect has found. Overall, 70 per cent of those in Scotland and 59 per cent across the UK would support the policy, which would require companies to negotiate with their staff and agree rules on when people could not be contacted for work purposes.

Many countries have adopted similar policies in light of the increase of remote working, with Ireland introducing new rules this month and the European Parliament supporting similar proposals in January. The Canadian government recently established a "Right To Disconnect Advisory Committee" with business leaders and unions to set out new rules on a digital switch-off.

The potential downsides of prolonged remote working were explored in the poll, which found 30 per cent of UK workers reported their work-related mental health got worse during the pandemic. Over a quarter said they are finding it hard to fully switch off from work. Prospect said the figures reveal the ‘dark side’ of remote working and that legislative change is needed to help deal with the consequences of the continuation of mass working from home after the pandemic. Prospect has written to the government urging inclusion the Right to Disconnect in a consultation in advance of an Employment Bill. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady commented: “The new guidance in Ireland is another step forward. It is time that workers in the UK were protected too with a legal right to disconnect from work.” Read more: Prospect news release. TechRepublic. Source: Risks 933


Working from home: good for some but not for others

A comprehensive study on the impact of a COVID-19 lockdown in Europe found that while working from home can lead to improvements to quality of life for some groups, its benefits are not shared by everybody, and it is likely to have a negative impact on productivity.

The study looked at the reported health, wellbeing and productivity of 1,050 workers during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Austria between March and May last year.

The results show that those who worked from home throughout the restriction period were more likely to report an increased quality of life compared with people who were unable to work from home. Working from home for part of the time was also associated with an improved quality of life. However, those working from home were also more likely to report decreased productivity.

The study authors found the ability to work from home was more likely to be available to higher educated males, and the benefits of working from home were not equally distributed among the gender, age and educational attainment cohorts. They found younger and highly educated participants were significantly more likely to report an improved quality of life, as were younger single men and women. However, women taking care of children between six and 16 years old, were more likely have a decreased quality of life compared with women without childcare responsibilities.

The authors say the Austrian results might not be applicable to other populations: "Furthermore, results might not be generalisable to pre- and post-pandemic conditions considering the exceptional characteristics of the first mitigation period in Austria compared to 'normal' times." They say more work will be needed to properly assess the positive and negative repercussions of longer-term working-from-home arrangements, for both employees and employers.

Read more: Jakob Weitzer, et al, Working from home, quality of life, and perceived productivity during the first 50-day COVID-19 mitigation measures in Austria: a cross-sectional study. [Full article] International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, online first April 2021, doi: 10.1007/s00420-021-01692-0. Source: OHS Alert

Regulator News

Not much time left: nominate now for the 2021 WorkSafe Awards 

It's now just over a week until the nominations close for this year's WorkSafe Awards. 

Awards are in 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 Industry standard for Elevating Work Platforms

Andrew Taylor, Senior Engineer and Tony Cockerell, Manager Construction Program, yesterday announced WorkSafe Victoria's publication of the Industry Standard, Elevating Work Platforms – for the safe use of Elevating Work Platforms. 

The standard has been published on behalf of Foundations for Safety Victoria, the peak consultative body representing the Victorian construction industry. 
The new standard was developed with the assistance of representatives from industry associations, unions and WorkSafe Victoria. Representatives included:

  • CFMEU, Construction and General Division
  • Electrical Trade Union
  • Elevating Work Platform Association Australia (EWPA)
  • Energy Safe Victoria
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Master Builders Association of Victoria
  • Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
  • Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union
  • Victorian Construction Safety Alliance

The industry standard is for operators of mobile elevated work platforms (EWPs) and persons, such as employers, who have responsibilities managing hazards and risks associated with the operation and use of EWPs.
It provides practical advice on the selection and safe use of EWPs; and incorporates the latest technologies and initiatives that assist industry to control the hazards and risks commonly associated with use of EWPs.
In the past ten years ten workers have lost their lives, and numerous others have been left life altering injuries, from incidents involving the use of mobile elevated work platforms, in Victoria. Many more, across the nation, have also been seriously or fatally injured from the use of EWPs.
The industry standard provides practical advice on common hazards including:

  • Electrical hazards
  • Crushing hazards
  • Overturning hazards
  • Water hazards
  • Falling objects
  • Collision hazards
  • Environmental hazards

It provides information on the training and competency of EWP operators, safety observers and spotters; the selection and use of harnesses; the safe systems of work for collection and delivery of EWPs and information on emergency procedures when using EWPs.   The standard can be downloaded from this page of the WorkSafe website.

New WorkSafe Safety Alerts

Pool chemicals: WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the hazards and risks associated with automatic chemical dosing systems at swimming pools.

Employees and swimming pool patrons were injured when a toxic gas was released into the pool area at an Aquatic centre. The incident occurred after an earlier electrical fault caused the automatic dosing system, used to administer chemicals to the pool water, to inadvertently mix Sodium Hypochlorite (pool chlorine) and Hydrochloric acid (pool acid) together which resulted in a toxic chlorine gas.

The electrical fault caused the water filtering pump to shut down, resulting in no water flow within the pipeline.  The pool chlorine and pool acid were automatically added into the pipeline that would normally return filtered water back into the swimming pool.  Adequate water flow within the pipeline is necessary to prevent chlorine gas.

The Safety Alert goes through what the safety issues were, followed by advice on ways to control the risks. Read more: Swimming pool chemical mixing causes toxic gas  

Machine guarding: the regulator issued an alert in mid April on the risks associated with operating plant with inadequate guarding, following the recent death of a worker operating a hay bale pressing machine. 

The risk of entanglement or crush injuries are significantly increased when the guarding on plant is missing, broken, has been removed or is not adequately secured. This risk is increased if loose clothing, hair, personal protective equipment or other accessories such as tool belts become entangled and pull the person towards the moving parts of the plant. Read more: Fatality from working with unguarded plant

April edition of Safety Soapbox

The latest edition of WorkSafe's Safety Soapbox was posted today.  This month the main article is on WorkSafe’s new industry standard for Elevating Work Platforms. There is also an update on what's new in the Dangerous Goods area, reminders that today is International Workers' Memorial Day and to nominate for the WorkSafe Awards, an announcement that Steve Darnley, long-serving member of the Construction and Utilities Program for the past 20 years, is retiring, and news from around the country. 

The 'Absolute shocker' is also on working at heights and shows a worker standing on a projecting platform, manipulating a load - there is no fall protection at all. 

As always, the Safety Soapbox has the list of incidents reported to WorkSafe: In March the construction industry reported 202 incidents to WorkSafe. Of these, 70 per cent resulted in injury. Tragically, there were two fatalities during the period. Of the injuries, eight per cent were classified as 'serious' and 62 per cent 'significant'.  Access the April 2021 edition of Safety Soapbox here  - the summaries of reported incidents can be downloaded from there.

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 15, at which time they had been notified that 29 Australian workers had been killed at work in 2021 - this is four  more than at April 1. The deaths this year have been in the following sectors:

  • 11 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 4 in Construction
  • 3 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 3 in Arts & recreation services
  • 2 in Manufacturing 
  • 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


Manufacturer fined $75k after worker's hand crushed

A plastics manufacturer has been convicted and fined $75,000 and ordered to pay $70,000 in costs after a worker's hand was crushed by unguarded machinery at a Seaford factory in 2016.

Icon Plastics was sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court last Monday after being found guilty on 8 April to one charge of failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work.

On the day of the incident, the worker was examining why the injection moulding machine had stopped running. He opened the top guard, restarted the machine and reached in with a pen to separate two plastic discs. He dropped the pen and when he reached in to grab it, his hand was crushed. The severe injury left the worker unable to drive and off work for six months.

The court heard it was reasonably practicable for the company to have installed interlock guarding that would have prevented access to the danger point while the machine was running.

WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Julie Nielsen said there were no excuses for failing to properly guard machinery. "Installing an interlock device is a simple solution that would have prevented this horrible incident," Ms Nielsen said. "It's up to employers to ensure they are doing all they can to keep their workers safe." Read more, including what employers should be doing to manage risks associated with working with machinery: WorkSafe media release.

Construction company fined for unsafe worksite

Building company UNIK Constructions was last week convicted and fined $35,000, plus $6797 costs, for exposing workers to risk of serious injury on a residential construction site at Ferntree Gully. The company pleaded guilty in the Ringwood Magistrates' Court to two charges of failing to eliminate or reduce the risk of a fall from height and two charges of failing to prepare or perform work in accordance with a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS).

In August 2017, a WorkSafe inspector who attended the worksite saw workers on the second storey with no fall prevention measures in place. The inspector also found there was no SWMS for the high risk construction works and that the scaffold being used to access the area was unsafe.

Two improvement notices were issued, as well as a prohibition notice prohibiting work from the scaffold.  Returning the next day, the inspector observed unsafe work from height had continued and a further prohibition notice was issued prohibiting works to the external face of the first floor.

Three subsequent visits identified continued unsafe work from height at the site, including use of the scaffold and work not being done in accordance with a SWMS. Two further improvement notices were issued.

WorkSafe's Julie Nielsen said there were no excuses for failing to manage the risks of falls from height, which were a leading cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry.  While Ms Nielsen noted that "Even though nobody was injured in this instance, it's a reminder that WorkSafe is out there enforcing workplace safety" the fact that the company ignored several prohibition notices, and it was only after five visits by WorkSafe that the company was prosecuted is of real concern, both because the high risk workers faced during this time, and also because the company should have been prosecuted earlier - rather than being given four warnings before action was taken by the regulator.  Read more: WorkSafe media release 

Parks Victoria fined $100k over rider injuries

The fine is as a result of an incident in which two men were seriously injured while riding motorbikes in a nature reserve near Portland in 2018.

The agency pleaded guilty in the Portland Magistrates' Court last week to failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health or safety. It was fined $100,000 without conviction and ordered to pay $3,639 in costs.

The two men were riding in Narrawong Flora Reserve in November 2018 at a speed of between 70 and 80km/h when they struck two cable barriers that were suspended across a track. One required surgery after suffering a fractured vertebrae, fractured pelvis and internal injuries. The other man sustained a broken collarbone, broken arm, fractured wrist and torn cartilage in his ribs.

A WorkSafe investigation found the cable barriers and attached signage were used to define tracks in the reserve that were subject to seasonal road closures between the Queen's Birthday and Melbourne Cup weekends. The court heard there was no inspection regime in place for the barriers and they had not been removed in line with Parks Victoria's published reopening dates due to a lack of staffing.

WorkSafe’s Julie Nielsen said it was an important reminder that employers must consider more than just the safety of their workers. "It's up to all duty holders to ensure that members of the public and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks on sites they manage and control," she said. "This was an obvious hazard that should have been addressed through a safe work procedure and these two men are now dealing with the serious consequences of that inaction." Read more: WorkSafe media release 

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

NT: Cattle contractor charged after worker severely burnt in barrel explosion

In a shocking case, NT’s WHS regulator has laid four charges against a cattle mustering contractor after an 18-year-old employee was severely burnt in an explosion. He was then left for six days before being taken to hospital.

A NT Worksafe spokesman said Aaron Peter Kerr, trading as Kerr Contracting & Co, faces two charges of reckless conduct under the Work Health and Safety Act. These charges, also known as category one charges, are the most serious charges available to us for a serious workplace incident that does not involve a death," he said.

Mr Kerr also faces two other charges for not notifying NT Worksafe of the incident until seven days after and failing to preserve the site of the explosion.

NT Worksafe said Mr Kerr and his workers were mustering at a camp on Montejinni Station, about 320 kilometres south-west of Katherine. It is alleged Mr Kerr directed a worker to cut the lid off a 44-gallon Avgas drum to use as a rubbish bin and asked another to assist. As the two workers tried to wash and clean the drum, the 18-year-old used an angle grinder to cut through it, which caused an explosion. He suffered burns to his hands, arms, face and nasal passages.

Despite the injured worker complaining of persistent pain and that his condition was worsening, Mr Kerr did not contact emergency services or arrange transport for the worker to get appropriate medical treatment. It would be six days before the worker was transported from the camp at Montejinni Station to Katherine Hospital.

If found guilty of all four charges, Mr Kerr would face a combined maximum penalty of $1,220,000 or five years imprisonment — or both.
Source: ABC News online


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

Organised by APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad, this awesome gig featuring legendary punk rock band the Painters & Dockers plus support acts is being run in Solidarity with the people of Timor Leste. 

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

Tuesday May 11: Central Safety Group - Using technology to make work safer  
Speaker: Gavin Kenny, Manager SHEQ - Service Delivery, Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water is a statutory body which supplies high-quality water, provides reliable sewerage services, integrates drainage systems to prevent flooding and enhances waterways and land for Melbourne and its surrounds. Gavin will talk about the changes involved, how they were introduced and the resulting efficiency gains.

These new systems are integrated with and supported by the organisation’s existing IT systems. He will describe the transition from using cumbersome, paper-based processes to easy-to-use digital systems. Among other things, this has made safety data at Melbourne Water more transparent and easy to access, making it easier to analyse trends.

When: 12 - 1pm, Tuesday, 11 May, 2021
How: Online via Zoom. Financial members will automatically be emailed the Zoom meeting link. (N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.) 
Cost: Financial members* free. Non-members $10 
[Individual membership fee for 2020: $75] *If unsure of your membership status, contact [email protected] 
RSVP by COB May 10 
Book online now


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