Health & Safety Reps Conference

Health and Safety Representatives Conference
Melbourne Conference Centre
27 October 2010

It is 25 years since the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act came into being. It was the 1985 Act that gave legal recognition to workers’ Health and Safety Representatives and rights such as:

  • The right to be consulted about any proposed changes that might affect health and safety;
  • The right to inspect the workplace;
  • The right to go to HSR training, of their choice, on paid time;
  • The right to seek assistance;
  • The right to information on health and safety in the workplace;
  • The right to be provided with facilities;
  • The right to issue a Provisional Improvement Notice if health and safety issues can’t be resolved; and direct work to cease, if there is a situation of immediate danger.

The annual conference will celebrate the work of thousands of OHS Representatives who have contributed to the safe and healthy working conditions and looking forward to the challenges of the next 25 years.

The topics to be covered at the conference include asbestos, bullying and manual handling risks.  These are all major workplace hazards that continue to affect the health and safety of Victorian workers. 

AMIEU Afternoon Workshop
In the afternoon there will be a workshop for Health and Safety Reps from the meat industry. We will share experiences at different workplaces; such as working at heights; review of WorkSafe inspectors’ decisions; and discuss new material such as handling goats.

Who can attend
This exciting event is free for Health and Safety Representatives and Deputies; morning tea and lunch will be provided. All elected Health and Safety Representatives are entitled to attend on paid time. This is a WorkSafe Victoria approved course of training under s69 of the OHS Act 2004.
 
The Act requires that you give your employer at least 14 days notice of your intention to attend - but this may be waived by your employer. To be safe, give notification as soon as possible, and if you have any problems contact your Organiser.

Note: Deputy reps are invited and very welcome to attend: however they do not have the same entitlements under S69 - that is, the employer has no duty to allow attendance of deputies with paid leave. Many employers are happy to allow deputies to attend though, so ask.

To register
Complete the registration form attached.  Forward the registration form to the AMIEU by:

  • faxing to 9662 9549, or
  • posting it to AMIEU, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton South 3053
  • emailing the registration form to the AMIEU

Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation letter from VTHC.  Keep the letter and bring it with you to the conference.
 
Where Is It?
The conference will be held at the same venue as last year, the Melbourne Convention Centre - 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, 3006 (Crown side of the Yarra River). Melways reference 2EK9. NOTE: this is the "NEW" Convention Centre - download the map for more information.

Times

Registration from 8am, for a 9am start; conference finishes at 4.30pm.

Public transport
Walk from Southern Cross Station (approx 15 min) or Flinders Street Station (approx 15 min). Trams run along Spencer, Clarendon and Flinders Sts every 6 - 8 minutes during peak times. The closest tram stop is directly outside the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Parking details
Undercover parking is available in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre basement car park, entry via Normanby St. Early bird rate, before 9:00am, is $11.00.

Need more information? For further information about the conference or registration ring me or your Organiser.

Gwynnyth Evans
Health & Safety/WorkCover Officer
Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union
Phone: 03 9662 3766
Fax: 03 9662 9549
Email: amieuvic@bigpond.com