SafetyFirst - August 2016


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  Newsletter  - August 2016


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August is Tradies National Health Month which aims to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations – among individuals, their families, employers and the wider community.

The trade industry in Australia continues to have the highest health and safety issues of any sector despite all the improvements made in recent years.

Initiated by the Australian Physiotherapy Association the Tradies National Health Month is a good opportunity for employers to spread the health and safety message.

The website provides information for both workers and employers.

There are free resources available for employers and also information on how a free-of charge worksite assessment provided by an APA physiotherapist can be organised.

To find how you can get involved and benefit from this initiative visit Tradies Health Website


Young workers Centre

The Young Workers Centre is a one-stop-shop for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues.

Young Workers Survery 2016

Currently, the Young Workers Centre is conducting an on-line survey with the aim of obtaining information about life at work. The survey is anonymous and those participating will go into the draw to win an iPad.

The survey closes on 21 August 2016.

More information can be obtained by clicking on the following links:

Young Workers Centre info

Young Worker Survey 2016


Cabbage Salad and Safety

Cabbage Salad and Safety is a series of podcasts based around conversations with Siobhan Flores-Walsh, a work health and safety lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and Kevin Jones, a workplace safety consultant and editor of the award-winning SafetyAtWorkBlog. Each episode focuses on one or two safety topics.

Episode 1 – Resilience and Psychological Health

The discussion covers workplace psychological health and the way some businesses deal with it. It makes reference to a number of resources such as Resilience training and the potential offered by using the National Standard of Canada’s “Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard” given that Australia does not have a standard for this area.

Listen to the Podcast

Episode 2 – Who is responsible for Workplace Safety?

This episode features a comparison of legal and non-legal views about responsibility for safety in the workplace.

Listen to the Podcast



Victorians are encouraged to have their say on changes being proposed to Victoria’s OHS regulations.

The changes have been designed to modernise and streamline the existing OHS Regulations 2007, which automatically expire in June 2017.

Proposed changes affect regulations in important categories such as Plant, Mines, Asbestos and Major Hazard Facilities.

Some of the changes relate to high risk work licence classes and requirements, safety management obligations relating to major hazard facilities, mining hazards, entry into a mine, communication and safe air levels in mines, chemical labelling, asbestos removal work and record keeping.

The Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2007 are also being updated.

Public comments will be accepted until Friday, 9 September 2016. Comments can be provided online, via email or by post.

More information is available on WorkSafe’s new public comment website


As at 5 August, 100 Australians workers have been killed at work in 2016.

In the top 3 industries 2 have a higher number of fatalities than this time last year:

Transport, postal & warehousing – 32 compared to 30 in 2015

Agriculture, forestry & fishing – 28

Construction – 14 compared to 13 in 2015

It is worth mentioning that two industry sectors have performed significantly better than last year:

Mining with only 3 fatalities compared to 8 at same time in 2015

Manufacturing with no fatalities this year – Well done!

More at: Safe Work Australia


Victorian farmers are being encouraged to take part in a $6 million rebate scheme to help reduce quad bike deaths in Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the scheme at the Victorian Farmers Federation annual conference recently.

Eligible farmers will be offered up to $600 each for up to two quad bikes to fit rollover protection (known as an operator protection device, or OPD), or $1200 towards the cost of buying a more appropriate work vehicle.

WorkSafe Victoria and the Victorian Farmers Federation are working through final details of the scheme, which will begin later this year. The scheme will be administered by the VFF.

The rebate will be available to businesses in Victoria who have no more than 19 employees, and where agriculture is their primary source of income. Farmers with no employees will also be eligible if they are based in Victoria and agriculture is their primary source of income.

The rebates will be offered on a first in, first served basis.

WorkSafe will soon be launching a major public awareness campaign in regional Victoria to warn of the risks associated with using quad bikes in the workplace.

The full article is available here.


AEN have engaged BullyZero to deliver a Workplace Bullying Prevention workshop to staff of Member GTOs.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • What is bullying and what are its impact on the worker and the workplace
  • Different forms of bullying
  • Relevant legislation and the Legal responsibilities of workers and employers
  • Strategies to respond and mange bullying

The details of the workshop are:

Date and time:          Wednesday 28th September from 9.30am – 1.00pm

Location:                  AEN Office, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

For more information please download the flyer and return your registration form by email to

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