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Welcome to the December 15 edition of SafetyNet.

In a tragic end to the year, another two Victorian workers have been killed in the week since our last edition.

This will be the last edition for 2021 - a year we are all no doubt happy to see the end of. Everyone at the VTHC OHS Unit wishes our subscribers and readers a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

The next edition of the journal will be coming out in late January. 

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

Two workers killed in the past week

Worker crushed by water tank

A man has died during the delivery of a 600 kilogram polyethylene water tank to a Barwon Downs property last Thursday. It is believed the 79-year-old was helping unload the 31,700 litre tank from a truck when it fell onto him at about 8.30am. 

Worker killed in farming incident

A 47-year-old farm worker has died after becoming entrapped in a hay baler at Swan Marsh yesterday, Tuesday December 14.

Not very much is known, but it is understood the man's arm was caught and dragged into the machine at about 3.45pm.

WorkSafe is investigating both of these fatalities.

The VTHC sends our sincerest condolences to the workers' families, friends and work colleagues.

These deaths bring the workplace fatality toll to 62 for 2021. No worker should be killed at work. Every death is preventable. Mourn the dead; Fight like hell for the living.

If you haven't yet had your End of Year Christmas party... 

Do you know that your employer's duties extend to the end of year bash?

Every day of the year should be safe, that includes the work End of Year Party. Your employer still has a duty to ensure a healthy and safe environment, so far as is reasonably practicable. 

The talented people in our unit have created a game to walk HSRs through what their employers can do to make their workplace Christmas party a safe event for everyone.  Have a go now! VTHC's Workplace Christmas Party Safety: The Game

Coronavirus Update 

Latest on Omicron

On 26 November, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated a new COVID-19 strain, known as B.1.1.529, as a variant of concern and named it Omicron. Omicron joins Delta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma on the current WHO list of variants of concern.

While it appears that the variant is more contagious than Delta, it is unclear whether it is less severe. Evidence is also emerging that the Pfizer vaccine offers a level of protection against the new variant. News from overseas is worrying though as it appears that the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing infection with Omicron severely wanes 15 weeks after the second shot. Pfizer's effectiveness reduces to about 30 per cent, and the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine is much lower. While there is protection against serious symptoms, it looks like the need to get a booster much earlier than five months (the current ATAGI recommendation). 

Latest figures December 15

Victoria: The number of new infections daily remains stubbornly over 1,000. The number in hospitals and in ICU also are creeping up. However there is a concern that the omicron variant will mean a sharp increase in numbers - as is happening currently in NSW.

  • Active cases on Wednesday December 15: 11,518
  • New cases reported: 1,405
  • Hospitalised: 365, in ICU: 84; on ventilators: 46
  • Total number of COVID-related deaths: 1,427 
  • Vaccination rate: 91.83 per cent double vaccinated;  93.6 per cent one shot (over 12)

Check the Victorian situation here


  • Total cases: 235,529  (220,552 on December 8).
  • Total COVID-19 related deaths: 2,117. 
  • Vaccination levels: 89.5 per cent double vaccinated; 93.43  per cent one shot. Check the ABC Vaccine tracker and The Age


  • Total cases: 271,725,553  (267,252,563 last week).
  • Total number of COVID-related deaths: 5,366,773  

(Note these figures are updated constantly - check the Worldometer website for latest figures and trends). Read more information on Coronavirus   

Meanwhile, in the UK...

With the Omicron variant taking the UK's daily new infections into scary figures once again (over 48,000 on Sunday), the government has introduced its 'Plan B', with rules including include masks in most public places, COVID passes for some venues and a work from home recommendation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new rules were “proportionate and responsible” after the emergence of the omicron virus variant. He said early indications suggested the new variant “could lead to a big rise in hospitalisations and therefore sadly in deaths” - though a lot is still unknown.

The UK government’s top scientific advisers had urged ministers to introduce vaccine passports and tell people to work-from-home in a bid to combat the spread of Omicron, five days before a move to Plan B including both measures was confirmed.  Source: Risks 1025 

Do you have a specific question about Covid-Safety in your workplace? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your union, or submit an inquiry through the Covid-Safe Workplaces website.

Ask Renata

With summer coming on we've already started to get questions about what should be fundamental in all workplaces - a plentiful supply of cool, good quality drinking water at all times. These queries come in from all over Australia - but while there are differences in the legislation and the codes, they ALL put a duty on the employer or PCBU to supply workers with drinking water. 

Hi Renata,

I am trying to find clarification on water supply in the workplace.  I work in a large location, at rental desk within the location. The location's manager has not wanted to supply water to any of our booths/rental desks.

There used to be a public drinking fountain which has since closed due to COVID. There was also a nearby cafe which we could ask for water, but it has now closed. We could go quite a long way to find another outlet to buy water, but can only do this during our lunch break.

This means that the only water access we have is water out of toilet taps, which I think is unhygienic.

We have asked the location manager for water access and she said it's not her problem and is putting it back on our manager to provide clean drinking water. When the desks/booths were built, there were no sinks or water outlets included. Does this sound right? I would assume the location supply water, since our company pay for the booths. Can you help?

This query came from another state, and we get these queries from all over Australia - but while there are differences in the legislation and the codes, they ALL put a duty on the employer or PCBU to supply workers with drinking water. 

Under s21 of the Victorian OHS Act the employer has a duty to: provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, adequate facilities for the welfare of employees. What the employer needs to do in order to comply is set out in the compliance code. See: Drinking Water

Under the Work Health Safety Act, which is the relevant act in most of the rest of Australia, the primary duty of care of PCBUs (persons conducting a business or undertaking) includes: the provision of adequate facilities for the welfare at work of workers in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, including ensuring access to those facilities. The relevant code of practice then sets out what this means.

It should be unthinkable that workers in any state, in any workplace, are denied access to free, cool and plentiful drinking water whenever they need it. 

If you have any OHS-related questions send them in via our Ask Renata facility on the website. Your questions will be answered by Renata or one of the other members of the VTHC's OHS Unit.  

FWA decision on consultation has implications

Mt Arthur Pty Ltd (Mt Arthur), which sits within the BHP Group of companies, operates an open cut coal mine in the New South Wales Hunter Valley (Mine).

On 7 October 2021, Mt Arthur announced that as a condition of entry to the Mine, all workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 (Site Access Requirement).  The requirement was to have had a first dose by 10 November 2021, and a second dose by 31 January 2022, and provide evidence of this to Mt Arthur.

The CFMMEU Mining and Energy Division, whose members work at the Mine, notified a dispute in relation to the Site Access Requirement.  The ACTU, AMWU and CEPU also intervened and made submissions in the matter before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The dispute was determined by a 5-member Full Bench of the FWC, which held that the Site Access Requirement was not a lawful and reasonable direction due to Mt Arthur’s failure to consult its workforce about the Site Access Requirement, as required by WHS legislation.  

This decision is significant because it underlines the importance of consultation as a fundamental requirement of achieving workplace health and safety.  It means that employers who claim to act on the basis of workplace health and safety have to take their consultation obligations seriously, and consult prior to making a decision, not only on how to implement a decision which has essentially already been made. 
Read more: CFMEU & Matthew Howard vs Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd, Summary of Decision. [pdf]

2022: time for Comcare training!

Are you an elected HSR or Deputy HSR employed by a Federal Government Department or by a national company granted ‘self insurer’ status under Comcare? (Check the list here). It is important to make sure you attend the initial five day training course, and then keep your knowledge of the Work Health Safety Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice current, so join our expert trainers at the VTHC for Comcare Training in 2022. 

Please visit our training page for dates for Initial and Refresher training courses, follow the links and you will be enrolled in an instant!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Asbestos news

ASEA releases new guidelines

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has released the Asbestos-Cement Water and Sewer Pipe Management Guidelines to assist water and/or sewerage service providers eliminate or minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres released from AC pipes.

It is estimated that more than 40,000 km of asbestos-cement (AC) water and sewer pipes remain in the ground across Australia. Installed between the 1920s and 1980s, these AC pipes are reaching the end of their usable lifespan, requiring maintenance or replacement. These pipes become hazardous when asbestos fibres are released into the air or soil, which can occur when the pipes are damaged, disturbed or deteriorating. The Guidelines provide practical advice on how to identify, assess and control the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres in accordance with current work health and safety and environment protection laws.

The Guidelines include information on controlling asbestos exposure risks during maintenance and removal of AC water and sewer pipes, as well as methods to safely remediate deteriorating AC pipes and manage decommissioned AC pipes that remain in the ground.

The Guidelines have been developed in collaboration with representatives from industry, state and territory work health and safety regulators, environment protection regulators and trade unions.

ACT: Newly renovated house to be demolished after Mr Fluffy asbestos found

Canberra builder Dean Pappas has called for mandatory asbestos inspections when properties are being sold after deadly Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos in the ceiling of his dream home. He bought the 1927 property at auction for $1.8 million to renovate it.

The seven-week renovation was almost complete, with only a ceiling fan to be installed in the bathroom, when the electrician cutting a hole from the ceiling cavity pulled up layers of insulation found white fibres. A sample sent for analysis confirmed it was asbestos.

Mr Pappas advised the ACT Government’s Asbestos Taskforce: the newly renovated house will have to be demolished and the site remediated. Luckily, no contamination was found inside although he and several other tradesmen entered the ceiling cavity and may have been exposed.

He has agreed to the government's buyback proposal and settled with the government. He plans to buy the block back from the government when the site is cleared, and rebuild the home sometime in 2022.

Mr Pappas believes that the asbestos fibres found in the ceiling are remnants left from an incomplete clean-up, but it was missed during inspections done in the 80s and 90s of Mr Fluffy properties and during an extension in which the roof cavity was opened. He believes the government should mandate inspections for any property built before 1980, as recommended by the Asbestos Taskforce in 2014 but not adopted. Read more: The Canberra TimesThe Riotact 

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

International union news

UK: Journo's union launches online safety tool

UK Journalists’ union NUJ has launched an online interactive tool to help journalists deal with hostile environments and cyber threats. The union said the initiative is in response to journalism becoming “increasingly hazardous. Reporters die or are injured every year.” It added: “Media workers’ phones and computers are targeted with sophisticated spying software. Daily harassment of journalists is at an all-time high.”

To help journalists minimise the risks they encounter – from conflict zones to the cyber battlefront – the NUJ said it was launching Storysmart, a suite of free online training modules, produced with financial support from the Google News Initiative. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “Journalism has always been dangerous, but hostile environments now extend to the streets of our own cities and cyber attacks can be mounted on the devices in all of our pockets. Storysmart is designed to raise journalists’ awareness of the challenges they face and provide tested methods to minimise risk and protect sources, however and wherever they are carrying out their work.” The Storysmart interactive modules divide risk into hostile environments, psychological trauma and wellbeing, cyber risks and dealing with injury. Designed to work on phones, tablets and laptops, each bite-sized modules takes 10 to 20 minutes.   Read more: NUJ news release and Storysmart interactive modules. Source: Risks 1025 


Fatal seizure attributable to night shift work

This is not a research item, but a real world example of how shift work negatively impacts workers' health.

A tribunal has ruled that a worker's epilepsy-related death was materially contributed to by his late-night shift work and sleep deprivation, and awarded his widow $400,000 in death benefits.

AAT Senior Member Linda Kirk found the medical evidence showed there were three contributing factors to the Australian National University night watchman's death, with his shift work being a "contributing factor of at least 10 per cent" to the fatal injury, which was "not a trivial contribution" and met the "required threshold for materiality."

The 47-year-old worker died at home in August 2011 when he collapsed while hanging out the washing. The cause of his death was found to be "sudden unexpected death in epilepsy", and his wife claimed workers' compensation under the Commonwealth SRC Act.

She claimed his death was contributed to by sleep deprivation arising from his employment, where he performed multiple night shifts in a row, was made to work on his rostered days off, and abided by his supervisor's rule to not take any sick days for three years.

Comcare rejected the claim, noting his death occurred at home and not at his place of work. It said it was not satisfied his injury arose out of or in the course of his employment, or that his employment contributed to the condition to a significant degree.

The widow appealed, telling the AAT the worker experienced partial seizures in early 2007, after he finished working a seven-day midnight-to-8am roster cycle. In July that year, he suffered a "grand mal" seizure and was taken to hospital, where a neurologist reported the seizure was likely precipitated by sleep deprivation. In May 2010, he experienced another grand mal event, and was diagnosed as having suffered a "sleep deprivation seizure", after working the midnight-to-8am shift for five consecutive days.

His doctor wrote to his employer stating he was not to work this shift as it increased the risk of grand mal seizures, but he did not pass this advice on to the university until nine months later, because he believed it would cause problems.

In May 2011, he was diagnosed with an "adjustment disorder secondary to unreasonable working conditions" and epilepsy "provoked by unreasonable working conditions", and took periods of sick leave.

There was an eight-day gap between his last shift and his death.

Comcare disputed the worker suffered a work-related condition in the form of an aggravation of his pre-existing epilepsy. In the alternative, it claimed there was little evidence to show he was sleep deprived because of work when he died.

Senior Member Kirk found the worker's duties required him to work mostly from either 4pm to midnight, or from midnight to 8am. "The Tribunal is satisfied based on the medical evidence that both these shifts negatively impacted the onset of the deceased's epileptic seizures, and therefore that there was a causal relationship between the injury and his employment," she said. "Accordingly, it is satisfied that the injury the deceased suffered that resulted in his death on 29 August 2011 arose out of his employment."
Read more: Muirden and Australian National University (Compensation) [2021] AATA 4560 (8 December 2021) Source: OHSAlert 

Regulator News

Victorian news

Safety a focus for farm visits

WorkSafe, Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Labour Hire Authority visited 38 horticulture businesses in the Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang and Cardinia regions after an online farm safety webinar in October.

Inspectors and authorised officers helped growers comply with workplace health and safety obligations, COVID-19 requirements and the proper provision of labour hire workers through a licenced provider.

WorkSafe Regional Operations Director Eastern Region, Kevin Hayes, said harvest season was an ideal time to educate farm operators on safety and address any compliance issues. "The pressures of harvest can mean that horticulture workers are exposed to a higher risk of unsafe situations, so it's important growers receive all the guidance they need during this busy time," Mr Hayes said.

WorkSafe inspectors issued eight improvement notices to duty holders for safety issues including improper guarding on machinery, and substandard traffic management systems to prevent pedestrian and forklift interactions in packing sheds. 

There have been seven deaths in the agriculture industry so far this year. Joint operations aim to help prevent further harm.

Labour Hire Licensing Commissioner, Steve Dargavel, said the recent visits demonstrated the effectiveness of the joint education and inspection approach. "Our inspectors were well received by growers, providers and workers and we delightfully found growers were using licensed providers." The Labour Hire Authority encourages growers to use the free Follow my providers tool to track any changes to the licence status of their providers.

WorkSafe, Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions, Labour Hire Authority, Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Farmers Federation are hosting a virtual information session on horticulture safety on 19 January 2022. Booking information can be found here.

WorkSafe's OHS Essentials program is another way growers can ensure they are up to speed with the latest safety requirements. The program provides businesses access to independent consultants who offer free and personalised OHS advice. Source: WorkSafe media release 

Safety Soapbox newsletter out now

The December edition of WorkSafe's Safety Soapbox is out today. The Manager of WorkSafe's construction program, Tony Cockerell, shares an end of year message with readers, 

Other items:

  • Sunsmart UV workplace safety training 
  • CIC update
  • Locking up building sites safely for the Christmas break
  • Snake season
  • Prosecutions in the sector
  • Interstate news
  • The list of incidents reported to WorkSafe: In November 2021, the construction industry reported 190 incidents to WorkSafe. Of these, 80 per cent resulted in injury.  There were two fatalities and five serious near misses. 

Access the December 2021 edition here  - the summaries of reported incidents can be downloaded from this edition of Safety Soapbox.

National news

National Fatality Statistics 2021  

Safe Work Australia updated its statistics on fatalities on December 9, at which time it had been notified that 132 Australian workers had been killed at work this year - this is 10 more than the last update on November 25. Five of these were in the Transport, postal & warehousing sector, three in the Agriculture, forestry & fishing sector, and two in Construction. Fatalities have been in the following sectors:

  • 46 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 25 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 20 in Construction
  • 12 in Manufacturing
  • 7 in Mining
  • 5 in Arts & recreation services
  • 5 in Public administration & safety
  • 3 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 2 in Other Services 
  • 2 in Retail trade
  • 1 in Wholesale trade
  • 1 in Accommodation & food services
  • 1 in Education & training
  • 1 in Administrative & support services
  • 1 in Healthcare & social assistance

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, consequently sometimes the numbers of deaths in each sector change. To check for updates, and for more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Preliminary worker deaths webpage. Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australia’s annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities database which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards. Note that the figures are based on preliminary reports, and so at times will change. 


Company fined $300K for fatality

An engineering company was last week fined $300,000 following an incident in which a worker was fatally crushed at a Leitchville factory in 2017.

Andrew Buchanan Engineering Ltd was sentenced without conviction in the Melbourne County Court after earlier pleading guilty to two charges of failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that the workplace under its management and control was safe and without risks to health.

The company had been engaged to oversee the dismantling and packing of equipment at a decommissioned cheese factory for relocation to New Zealand. However there was no representative from Andrew Buchanan Engineering on site when a condenser weighing 770 kilograms was moved into a closed-top shipping container with a crane in December 2017.

Two workers were inside the container preparing to remove skates from underneath the condenser when it fell off a jack and crushed them. A 59-year-old man died at the scene while another man was seriously injured.

A WorkSafe investigation found that there were reasonably practicable measures available to reduce or eliminate risk associated with the task, including using an open-top or flat rack shipping container. The company also failed to ensure that the workers packing equipment were appropriately supervised.

WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Narelle Beer said it is crucial that duty holders ensure proper plans are in place before high-risk work commences. "WorkSafe will not hesitate to prosecute duty holders who fail to do all that is reasonably practicable to protect health and safety in workplaces under their management or control," Dr Beer said.

A-1 Engineering Pty Ltd has also been charged and is due to appear in the Bendigo County Court for an application on 2 February 2022. Source: WorkSafe media release 

Meat processor fined $400K after stockman's death

Meat processing company Midfield Meat Pty Ltd has been convicted and fined $400,000 following the death of a worker on a property at Dunkeld in 2017.

The company was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court this week after being found guilty in October of failing to provide a safe working environment.

In December 2017, an experienced stockman was directed to draft and weigh cattle owned by the company on a third-party's farm. The court heard he was working alone in an enclosed yard before he was later found dead after what was a suspected attack by a highly agitated stag. 

A jury found that it was reasonably practicable for Midfield Meat to have had a system in place to ensure that someone else would be present to provide assistance in the event of an emergency.

WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said being crushed or trampled by cattle was the second most common cause of deaths on Victorian farms. "This incident is a tragic example of the dangers faced by those working in agriculture and why employers and workers always need to be thinking about safety first," Dr Beer said. "Whatever job you or your workers are doing on a farm, please consider what could go wrong, discuss it with your workers and take action to make sure you're providing a safe workplace." 

Midfield Meats Pty Ltd has had a number of health and safety prosecutions and has featured in a number of media articles looking at the working conditions of visa holders. Read more: The Monthly 

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

Other Prosecutions

WA: Construction company fined $320K over death of young worker

Industrial Construction Services Pty Ltd (ICS) was fined $320,000 and ordered to pay $22,212 in costs after a 2017 incident in which a young worker fell to his death. The 17-year-old worker was killed after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building during the construction of the H&M store in Forrest Place, Perth. The company was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of the young worker. The charge carries a maximum fine of $400,000.

ICS was engaged as a subcontractor to construct and install a steel and glass atrium roof between the second and third floors in the central area of the building, which was the final stage in the project to refurbish the heritage landmark building and convert it into an H&M store. On 4 January 2017, workers were on night shift, installing the glass panels in the atrium roof. At around 4.15 am on 5 January, the worker fell through an open void in the atrium framework to the ground floor, around 12 metres below.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh noted that ICS failed to have a safe fall injury prevention system in place, that there were several open voids in the framework and that workers were required to work in close proximity to these voids. The company also failed to complete an adequate risk assessment for the glass installation and implement a safe work method statement. “The tragic death of this young worker should remind everyone of the importance of having safe systems of work in place to prevent falls from height and actually using these safe systems,” he said. 

This case is the second of four before the courts that relate to this incident. Valmont (WA) Pty Ltd was fined $38,000 in August 2019 over this incident, and the director and manager of ICS will face court in April 2022. Source: Safety Solutions

UK: Builder jailed after deadly wall collapse: 

A builder has been jailed following an investigation into the death of a labourer on a site in Hampshire in 2019. Paramjit Singh, 48, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following a two-week trial. He was sentenced to three years and three months on a gross negligence manslaughter charge. He was also sentenced to 20 months for criminal safety breaches, which he had admitted previously. The sentences will run concurrently.

The prosecution followed a joint investigation by the Hampshire Constabulary and the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the death of a 64-year-old man, who had been working for Singh as an ‘odd job man’ on the demolition of a house. Singh had previously been the owner and manager of SAB Builders. The men had been hired by the house owner to clear the garden and garage to make way for an extension. On 16 July 2019, the day after he had demolished three walls of the garage, Singh returned to the site to demolish the final wall. The worker was on the other side of the wall when it collapsed onto him. No exclusion zones had been established.

Singh’s public liability and skills card expired after SAB Builders went bankrupt in 2015 and the company ceased trading. 
Source: Risks 1025


HSR Initial & Refresher training

Get organised now to do either your initial five day training or your annual refresher in 2022.

Remember: under Section 67 of the OHS Act 2004 all HSRs and DHSRs are entitled to attend a one-day refresher course every year, yet many just don't get around to it. If this is you, then check out the courses scheduled for next year, and enrol now, before they fill up.  It's important to attend in order to keep up your knowledge of OHS law and practice up-to-date. In the past year we have had significant amendments to the OHS Act, new regulations (for crystalline silica) and new codes. 

The Initial course dates :

  • 12, 13 & 17, 18, 19 January - Trades Hall, Carlton
  • 17 - 21 January - Trades Hall, Carlton      
  • 24, 25 January & 1, 2, 3 February - Trades Hall, Carlton   
  • 2, 3, 4 & 17, 18 February - Trades Hall, Carlton   
  • 7 - 11 February - Bendigo            
  • 7, 8, 9 & 24, 25 February - Trades Hall, Carlton   
  • 28 February  - 4 March  (Education Sector) – AEU, Abbotsford
  • 2, 3, 4 & 17, 18 March - Trades Hall, Carlton       
  • 9, 10, 11 & 23, 24 March - Trades Hall, Carlton   
  • 28, 29, 30 March & 11, 12 April - Trades Hall, Carlton      


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: All initial OHS training courses are 5 days.
Course fee: $870.00 incl. GST Regional: $895.00 incl. GST

Refresher course dates:

  • 14 January - Trades Hall, Carlton
  • 25 January - Trades Hall, Carlton  
  • 14 February - Ringwood           
  • 16 February - Trades Hall, Carlton        
  • 8 March - Trades Hall, Carlton       
  • 16 March 2022 (Education Sector) - AEU, Abbotsford

Also, Work-related gendered violence refresher course: 3 February - Trades Hall, Carlton. (More info: Knowledge is power in fight against gendered violence) The course covers: 

  • Session 1 - legislative update on the Victorian OHS 2004 Act, OHS Regulations 2007, WorkSafe compliance codes and guides.
  • Session 2 - consultation, communication, problem solving.
  • Sessions 3 & 4 - hazard identification and control with either manual handling, work related stress, incident investigation or hazard mapping.


Course hours: 9am - 5pm
Course length: 1 day
Course fee: Metro: $330.00 incl. GST Regional: $350.00 incl. GST 

Go to this link to enrol in a five-day initial or a refresher course. Remember to then notify your employer at least 14 days before the course. 


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