SafetyNet 619

Welcome to the April 13 edition of SafetyNet.

The VTHC OHS Unit wishes all our subscribers who will be taking a break either for school holidays or the Easter public holidays a safe and enjoyable few days. Due to the break, there will not be an edition of SafetyNet next week: the next edition will be posted on April 27. 

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

Police officer and motorist killed in crash 
A 25 year old senior female police constable and a motorist were killed in a head-on collision in Victoria's north-west in Red Cliffs near Mildura at about 10 pm last Friday night. Another police officer is in a critical condition. The very early stages of the investigation suggested the utility vehicle veered across the road, Kulkyne Way, into the oncoming police car. 

The VTHC sends our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of both the police woman and the driver of the other car.

According to our records, this is the twelfth work-related fatality in Victoria this year. This number includes the policewoman and the pilot of the helicopter which crashed last week, however it may be higher if any of the passengers of the helicopter who were on business, are also included.

No worker should lose their life at work. 

April 28: International Workers' Memorial Day
This year's international theme is Make safe and healthy at work a fundamental right.

This is a reminder of Victorian Trades Hall Council's annual commemoration event to remember those Victorians who lost their lives at work - and to urge all of us to keep fighting to improve health and safety in our workplaces.

Join us in person next Thursday April 28 for the International Workers' Memorial Day 2022 event. There will be some guest speakers, as well as a minute of silence at 11 am and an opportunity to lay flowers and wreaths. The event will also be live-streamed through the Victorian Trades Hall Council Facebook page.

When: Thursday April 28, 10.30 am - 11.30 am.
Where: At the 'Memorial Rock', Victorian Trades Hall Council, corner Lygon and Victoria Street, Carlton. Let us know whether you're coming: RSVP here  

Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living. 

IWMD Event Latrobe Valley 
An International Workers Memorial Day Commemoration service is also being held in Moe. The event is being jointly conducted by ACV/GARDS and the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council. Reverend Marilyn Obersby will officiate at the Ecumenical Service, and speakers include:

  • Perdita Dickson, WorkSafe (Manager Occupational Health and Operational Programs Prevention, Strategy & Planning Division)
  • Steve Dodd, Secretary of the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council

Singer/musicians Susan Parrish & Patrick Wakefield, "In Harmony", Richard Harris & Co - bagpipers will also be present.

When: Thursday April 28, 11.00 am.
Where: Gippsland Heritage Park, 211 Lloyd St, Moe. 
There will be a free community BBQ at the conclusion of the event - all welcome!

April 26 - Commemoration for Rana Plaza 
It is the 9th Anniversary of the mass murder of garment workers at Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. On 24 April 2013 over 1,100 workers were murdered when their bosses forced them back into the workplace despite warnings about building safety. 

Please come to the Melbourne Rana Plaza Commemoration event. This year it will be at the Qualitops factory, 6 Brex Court Reservoir. The garment workers will be joining the commemoration. There will be speakers followed by laying of flowers and a minute's silence. 

All are welcome. Please maintain safe COVID safe practices.
When: Tuesday 26 April at 7:45am
Where: Qualitops Factory, 6 Brex Court Reservoir

COVID Update 
There were 10,907 new infections reported today in Victoria. 

Victorian figures, April 13:

  • 60,756 active cases  (last week 62,028)
  • 14 deaths reported 
  • 2,809 COVID-related deaths so far
  • 391 are in hospital, 19 are in ICU, and 2 of these are on ventilators 
  • 1,410,828 total number of infections since the pandemic began

You can check the Victorian live update here.

Australia wide: we have now gone over the 5 million mark - there have been a total of 5,153,174 COVID cases (4,785,679 last week) and 6,609 deaths. 

Worldwide: Another milestone, with over 500 million cases. As of April 13, there had been 500,838,107 worldwide infections (493,746,386 last week). The number of official COVID-related deaths is now 6,209,173. (Source: Worldometer).

What has emerged over the past couple of weeks is that there are numbers of Australians now being re-infected with COVID. The latest reports are that at least 8,000 Victorians have been re-infected with the disease, and the cases of re-infection are increasing. Read more: ABC news online. Coronavirus; COVID-19 Victorian situation

Vaccination update 
As of April 11, 82.68 per cent of all Victorians had received their second dose, 85.83 per cent had received their first dose, and 52.92 per cent had their third dose. Those over 65 (over 55 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Australians) can now get their fourth shot. It is extremely important that everyone maintains high levels of care to minimise the risks of ending up in hospital.

Australia wide, by April 12, the figures are 83.28 per cent, 86.57 per cent respectively, with 51.24 per cent having received the third shot.  Check the ABC Vaccine tracker and The Age for daily updates. 

Is your workplace still COVIDSafe? 
Now that restrictions are relaxing even further, it can be hard to keep up with what your bosses’ obligations are, and what you can do as a worker. It’s important to remember that workers must be consulted as their COVIDSafe plan changes, if you’re worried or unsure about this, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our COVIDSafe team here. All workers deserve to have a COVIDSafe Workplace.

Ask Renata

Hi there,

My employer has told me that my office has been condemned and asked if I could hang in with working until he is able to find another office. Do I have a right to refuse to work without being dismissed?

Your employer has a duty under the OHS Act to provide and maintain for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.  This is s21 of the Act - see the summary of the Duties of Employers under the law. 

While you haven’t said why the office you are currently working in is being ‘condemned’, it is very/quite likely that there are hazards that are putting your health and/or safety at risk. Ask your employer what these reasons are and if there are hazards which could affect your health or safety, then your employer cannot ask you to stay on and knowingly place you at risk. While new office accommodation is found, it would be absolutely ‘practicable’ to have you work from home (as many of us in Victoria have done over the past few months due to COVID) until new office accommodation is found.

Under general workplace laws (the Fair Work Act) a worker cannot be dismissed for raising concerns about workplace health and safety, and if your boss tried to sack you, you would be able to apply for unfair dismissal (assuming you are a permanent employee, or a casual who has been employed for more than 12 months).

Talk to your health and safety representative, if you have one, and get in contact with your union as soon as possible. If you are not in a union, then you need to join as soon as possible. In the meantime, contact WorkSafe for advice and assistance. You have the right to work in a safe workplace.

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.  

VTHC Webinar - Occupational Violence 
If you missed our webinar last week on occupational violence & aggression (OVA) in the workplace, then watch it here. Special expert guest was Kathy Chrisfield, from the ANMF who outlined how the union has tackled OVA. Kathy's presentation was followed by a very good Q&A session, with some very good discussion. Read more: Occupational Violence.

Asbestos News  
Vic: EPA lays charges over building site asbestos 
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has charged Kyle Road Developments Pty Ltd and its three directors under the Environment Protection Act 1970 following a comprehensive investigation into the dumping of asbestos contaminated soil at an Altona North development site.

EPA alleges the company moved and dumped asbestos that had been unearthed at the 16 hectare site where it plans to build high density living apartments, at 40-68 Kyle Road, Altona North. The company had earlier planned to remove asbestos contaminated soil for transport to a specially licensed landfill. Source: Mirage news 

ASEA conference: May 19 - 20 
The Asbestos Safety and Management Conference, is coming up soon: 19–20 May 2022 at the Fairmont Resort & Spa in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Run by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), it is being jointly hosted by the Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC). 

The conference will be a hybrid event, offering delegates the opportunity to either attend in-person or livestream the event.  Read more about the conference or to purchase a ticket, go to the conference website.

USA: EPA proposes rule to ban asbestos  
The US Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed a rule to finally ban asbestos, which is still in use and kills thousands of Americans every year. The proposed rule would ban chrysotile asbestos, the only ongoing use of asbestos in the United States. It is still found in products such as brake linings and gaskets, and is used to manufacture chlorine bleach and sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda.

The proposal marks a major expansion of EPA regulation under a landmark 2016 law that overhauled rules governing tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture. Read more: abcNEWS 

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

International Union News 
Indonesia: 11 mine workers injured 
Eleven mine workers were injured in a truck crash at the nickel mine site of PT Indonesia Weda Bay Industrial Park (IWIP), located in North Maluku Island on 2 April.

Following an initial investigation by IndustriALL affiliate Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers' Union (FSPMI), the cause of the crash is believed to be brake failure. The dumping truck driver lost control and crashed into two other dumping trucks.

During the investigation, mine workers at PT IWIP said the company forced drivers to meet high targets or they would be punished. It is believed that the dumping truck was at full speed when the accident happened; the hasty and profit-oriented culture has led to preventable equipment failure and accidents. Read more: IndustriALL   

Canada: Survey reports widespread violence at work
Research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and academics has identified a major violence and harassment problem in the country’s workplaces. Its initial report revealed 7 in 10 workers have experienced a form of harassment and violence at work, with nearly 1 in 2 workers experiencing sexual harassment and violence in the past two years. The survey found 70 per cent of workers who experienced harassment and violence had to miss work because of the negative effects and 88 per cent of affected workers were “transferred, suspended, fired, or lost a shift” due to the harassment and violence. Overall, 1-in-4 who reported the problem said it made the situation worse. Read more: CLC news release. Source: Risks 1039

UK: Most workers now have to pay for Covid tests
The UK government has confirmed that from 1 April most people have had to pay for a lateral flow test in England. Free COVID tests will still be available for some groups, including NHS staff caring directly for patients, and prison and care home staff, the government has said. It is part of the government's 'living with COVID' plan, although levels of the virus are high. REACH-1 study findings published on 6 April show a COVID-19 prevalence in England during this period of 6.37 per cent, or 1-in-16 people, infected. This is the highest recorded figure since the beginning of the study in May 2020. Read more: UK Health Security Agency news release; BBC News Online. Source: Risks 1039


Research

PFAS blood levels in firefighters

Elevated levels of blood perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. Firefighters have been in the past been exposed to PFASs in firefighting foams in both training and in their work, and have previously been shown to have higher PFAS levels in blood samples than the general population. To date, no interventions have been shown to reduce PFAS levels.

Three firefighters who had worked in the fire service for more than three decades were puzzled by blood tests showing markedly different PFAS levels in their bloodstreams. Although all three had worked at the Fiskville training centre (closed by the Andrews government in 2015); all three had also fought the Coode Island chemical fire in 1991,  where huge amounts of PFAS fire foam was used. Yet one of them had markedly higher PFAS levels in his blood. One of the other two was a regular blood donor and the third had undergone a series of operations where he had lost blood. They wondered whether this could explain the difference. They contacted a researcher who had just released a study on PFAS in NSW and after some work, and $1.2m from the then MFB, a comprehensive study was begun by Australian researchers.

The randomized clinical trial of 285 firefighters found that both blood and plasma donations resulted in significantly lower PFAS levels - up to 30 per cent lower. Plasma donation was the most effective intervention, reducing mean serum perfluorooctane sulfonate levels by 2.9 ng/mL compared with a 1.1-ng/mL reduction with blood donation, a significant difference; similar changes were seen with other PFASs. Read more: 

  1. Gasiorowski R, Forbes MK, Silver G, et al. Effect of Plasma and Blood Donations on Levels of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Firefighters in Australia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. [Full article] JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e226257. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.6257. 
  2. How three firefighters’ hunch about their blood led to PFAS discovery  The Age

Work environment risk factors causing day-to-day stress
While chronic workplace stress is known to be associated with health-related outcomes like mental and cardiovascular diseases, research about day-to-day occupational stress is limited. A systematic review was done which included studies assessing stress exposures as work environment risk factors and stress outcomes, measured via self-perceived questionnaires and physiological stress detection.

The objective of the review was to identify work environment risk factors causing day-to-day stress.

41 studies were included in a qualitative synthesis. Associations were evaluated by correlational analyses.

The researchers, from Slovenia and Belgium, found that the most commonly measured work environment risk factor was work intensity, while stress was most often seen as the response. Measures from these two dimensions were also most frequently correlated with each other and most of their correlation coefficients were statistically significant. This means that work intensity was a major risk factor for day-to-day workplace stress. 
Read more: Lukan et al. 2022.  Work environment risk factors causing day-to-day stress in occupational settings: a systematic review [Full article] BMC Public Health, vol. 22, no. 1. 


Regulator News

Victorian news   
Amusement ride safety reminder as industry re-opens 
WorkSafe Victoria is reminding amusement ride operators across Victoria to make safety a priority as the industry re-opens following two quiet years due to COVID.

Already this year WorkSafe has completed 279 inspections at events – including the Grand Prix, Moomba, St Kilda Festival and the Australian Open – and issued one improvement notice for inadequate guarding on the passenger doors of one ride. WorkSafe also issued an improvement notice to a ride operator last November after patrons became stuck due to a mechanical fault.

WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said maintenance of rides should already be completed as operators set up for Easter events this week. "Every person who uses amusement rides, or works with them, has the right to do so without risking their lives, or risking an injury," Dr Beer said.

Event organisers, ride operators and owners are also reminded to ensure that appropriate control measures and safety checks are in place while rides are operating. "Ultimately the safe operation of amusement rides is the responsibility of the operators," Dr Beer said. "WorkSafe will not hesitate to prosecute any amusement ride operators who fail to meet their obligations to ensure the safety of their employees or the public."

Members of the public who may have a concern about the safety of a ride should report it to WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089. Read more: WorkSafe media release.

Warning on the risks of rock falls 
Following an incident in which a worker was hit by rocks, WorkSafe has issued a reminder about the importance of managing the risks associated with rock fall whilst charging development headings in underground mines.

An underground development heading was being charged (loaded with explosives) by two employees. The first employee was at ground level close to the development heading face and was loading explosives into drill holes. The second employee was several metres back from the face operating a pneumatic trigger.

The first employee was struck by a rock on the helmet that fell approximately 3.5m from the centre of the development face. The employee was knocked backwards receiving injuries to their shoulder and neck, requiring admission to hospital. Read the Safety Alert: Serious mining incident – Rock fall hits employee during development heading charging 

Campaign strives for less harm on farms
Matt and Ali Reid run Otway Milk, a 688-hectare farm at Carlisle River, south-west of Colac, milking about 700 cows and employing five permanent full-time workers. As part of WorkSafe's farm safety campaign, Mr Reid said their strong safety culture, which includes a comprehensive training and induction program, regular safety meetings and the safe separation of children from farming operations, was a far cry from his own upbringing on a dairy farm at Rochester.

As WorkSafe's confronting farm safety campaign – It's never you, until it is – makes a return across television, radio, print and digital media, it is encouraging more farmers like the Reids to have potentially life-saving conversations about safety in agriculture. "One of the things we learnt along the way is not everything has to cost money. There are examples where all it has cost is a five-minute conversation to find a better way," Mr Reid said. Read more: WorkSafe media release

National News   
Comcare Webinar: Contractor management  
One of the webinars Comcare is running over the next few weeks, Contractor management—Shared duties and control, may be of interest to workers and HSRs under the Comcare system. 

Comcare's Senior Inspectors, Susan Jones and Craig Servin from Comcare's Regulatory Operations Group will provide organisations that engage contractors with a clearer understanding of shared duties and responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

The webinar will cover:

  • refresh of duties and responsibilities under the WHS Act
  • understanding ‘control of work’ and what is reasonably practicable
  • practical tips on managing contractors.

Webinar details: Tuesday 3 May; 11am - 11:45 am AEST; via Microsoft Teams. Register now

National Fatality Statistics 2022  
Safe Work Australia updated its statistics on fatalities on April 7,  at which time it had been notified that 47 Australian workers had been killed at work this year, this is 18 more than at the time of its previous update on March 17. Seven of the fatalities were in Transport, postal & warehousing, and six were in Agriculture, forestry & fishing.

The fatalities have been in the following sectors:

  • 22 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 12 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 3 in Public administration & safety
  • 3 in Construction
  • 2 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services 
  • 2 in 'other services'
  • 1 in Accommodation & food services
  • 1 in Manufacturing
  • 1 in Mining

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. 



Prosecutions

Vicotorian prosecutions
Man prosecuted under s32 - reckless endangerment  
A man who went to his son-in-law's automotive workshop in Hoppers Crossing to "get out of the house", and recklessly endangered a worker while he was there, has been sentenced for what was, at that time, the most serious offence under the OHS Act.

David Snell pleaded guilty in the Werribee Magistrates Court, to breaching section 32 of the Act.

In May 2019, he operated a forklift in the workshop and used it to lift an electrician up to the ceiling using a stillage (a type of cage with sides) on the tines. The electrician had been engaged to install cables along the ceiling, and was in the stillage when his assistant threw him some electrical tape. When he tried to catch the tape, the stillage, which was not securely attached to the tines, became unbalanced. Both the stillage and the electrician fell to the concrete floor, causing the electrician serious injuries.

Snell admitted to recklessly exposing the electrician to the risk of serious injury, and was handed a 12-month adjourned undertaking, without a conviction being recorded. He was ordered to pay $500 to a court fund and $1,946 in costs. Source: OHSAlert

Council fined $15,000 for procedure and notification failures
Gannawarra Shire Council has been fined for failing to implement a formal procedure for tagging out unserviceable equipment, and for its misapprehension of its duties under Part 5 of the Act to notify WorkSafe after certain incidents. 

In October 2019, two council diesel mechanics were adjusting a mechanical press when they found the handle to raise and lower the press's bed was not functioning properly. They asked a third worker to use a forklift to support the weight of the bed so its supporting pins could be removed. 

When one of them tried to remove the pins, the forklift moved and the end of one of his thumbs was crushed and severed in a pinch point. Immediately after the incident, the Council considered whether it was required by section 38 of the Act to contact WorkSafe Victoria, but wrongly determined the incident was not notifiable and so did not report. 

WorkSafe did not become aware of the incident until the injured worker contacted it in January 2020, when it investigated the matter and found the press was not tagged out, as required, after the mechanics identified the fault. It found that while the Council's workplace had an informal lock-out-tag-out procedure, the lack of a formalised, documented process created confusion that resulted in the press not being locked out at the time of the incident.

The Council pleaded guilty to breaching sections 38 and 21 of the Act, and was fined $15,000 without conviction, plus $4,118 in costs. 

Crane company fined $18K after tyre explodes injuring worker  
In November 2018 D Caelli Cranes Pty Ltd, a firm providing crane and transport services for the building industry, was engaged by Austral Bricks to move some kiln exhaust fans from outside to inside a newly built shed, and also to move a number of weighbridge deck sections from one area to another location, approximately 500m further along the driveway at an Austral facility.

The workplace had high voltage overhead power lines (22,000 volts) which ran across, and at approximately right angle to the driveway.

After the kiln exhaust fans had been moved, two Caelli employees were instructed to move the weighbridge sections. Once this was done, one worker drove the mobile crane towards a wash bay, with the second worker walking nearby. As the crane approached the overhead power lines, the partially extended boom made contact with them. When the second man approached the first one to check on his condition, the front right tyre of the crane exploded and sprayed him with shrapnel, causing injuries to his leg, torso and face.

The WorkSafe investigation found the task, due to the proximity of the power lines, to be High Risk Construction Work. Further, it was found that although there was a SWMS for the task, it had not been reviewed or revised prior to the work being carried out, and did not address the risk the overhead power lines.

The company failed to ensure high risk construction work was not performed unless a safe work method statement was reviewed and revised before the work commenced. It pleaded guilty to breaching s21 of the Act, and was fined $18,000, without conviction, plus $11,232 costs. 

The incident could have led to the deaths of both workers and once again we question why the company was not convicted, even after it pleaded guilty.  

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

Queensland: another director sentenced to jail, company convicted and fined $300k 
Another company officer has been handed a prison sentence in Queensland, this time for recklessly disregarding a worker's safety concerns in the minutes before a second worker slipped and sustained serious impalement injuries.

Illawarra Enterprises (Qld) Pty Ltd director Michael Peter Walsh was sentenced to four months' jail, wholly suspended for 12 months, in the District Court. Illawarra Enterprises was convicted and fined $300,000 over the incident.

The duty holders were sentenced just days after a Queensland business owner was ordered to serve 18 months of actual jail time – a record under Australia's workplace safety laws – for the industrial manslaughter of a friend who was helping him unload a truck (see Prosecutions in SafetyNet 617).

Illawarra Enterprises and Walsh were charged with breaching section 31 ("Reckless conduct–category 1") of the State Work Health and Safety Act 2011, after the worker sustained his injuries at a Val Eco Homes Pty Ltd housing construction site in Balmoral in February 2018. Both Walsh and his company contested the charges, but were found guilty.

Illawarra Enterprises was engaged by Val Eco to lay blocks at the site, which had a very steep incline with several excavations in and around the block-laying area. The excavations included a 1.9-metre-deep unbarricaded trench that contained an uncapped vertical reo starter bar, and ran alongside a narrow earthen pathway. The worker was travelling up the path when part of it gave way and he fell into the trench and was impaled on the steel bar, severely injuring his groin and stomach. He was transported to hospital with the bar in-situ. It was surgically removed.

A WHSQ investigation subsequently found Walsh had directed his workers to retrieve scaffolding and trestles from the lower area of the site and carry them up the earthen path. The regulator found that several minutes before the worker was impaled, his co-worker slipped on the path and nearly fell in the trench, and reported the matter to Walsh, warning the task was dangerous.

Walsh disregarded these concerns, and took no action. 

The court found that without reasonable excuse, Walsh and his company both engaged in conduct that exposed individuals to the risk of death or serious injury, and were reckless as to the risk.

Val Eco was also charged over the incident, and convicted and fined $110,000 in October 2019 for a category-2 breach of the WHS Act. Source: OHS Alert 


Events

HSR Initial & Refresher training

Trained HSRs are more effective HSRs - have you just been elected and haven't organised your training yet? Do it now! And if you completed your initial five day training then organise your annual refresher now. There are things happening in the OHS space you need to be aware of.  

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. Trained health and safety reps make a real difference in their workplaces, and it's great to meet with others and share experiences!

Initial course dates :  

  • 26, 27, 28, April & 4, 5 May - Trades Hall, Carlton 
  • 16 - 20 May - Geelong    
  • 16 - 20 May (Education Sector) AEU - Abbotsford    
  • 23 - 27 May - Bendigo   
  • 15, 16, 17 June & 29, 30 June - Online
  • 18 - 22 July - Narre Warren

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:  

  • 27 April - Trades Hall, Carlton       
  • 5 May - Geelong             
  • 10 May - Online
  • 26 May  (Education Sector) - AEU, Abbotsford   
  • 16 June - Online
  • 1 July - Narre Warren
  • 3 August Gendered Violence as a Workplace Issue (Education Sector) -  AEU, Abbotsford

Other courses:

2 Day Manager’s Training Course: 5-6 May 2022 - Trades Hall, Carlton*

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


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