OHS Webinar Series

If you would like to register for an upcoming webinar, head to our events page to see what's in store. If you can't find an upcoming webinar, join our OHS Network where you will be placed on our webinar mailing list. 



Workplace Bullying

Bullying isn't something that just happens in school playgrounds. It happens all too often in workplaces, making the daily lives of many workers intolerable.

Employers have a duty under the OHS Act to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to health, including psychological health. When employers do not control risk factors that can lead to bullying, it can become a serious threat to the physical and psychological well-being of employees. Not only is bullying a health and safety issue, but it also affects the productivity and effectiveness of organizations.

Join us for the fourth episode of the OHS Webinar Series for 2018. We will discuss what bullying is, what it isn't, why it's a workplace hazard and what HSRs can do to ensure employers are controlling all bullying risks in the workplace. We will provide practical guidance and tools to do this.

VTHC and affiliates have also been working on draft Regulations for Workplace Bullying which we will be discussing for the first time during this webinar to gather your feedback. Send any of your feedback to Renata Musolino at rmusolino@vthc.org.au. You can find a copy of the draft regulations here. 

This webinar is co-hosted by Alison Ross, the OHS Bullying and Harassment Officer at the ANMF. Alison will lend her expertise on the issue and will take part in a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.


Download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation slides here.  Don't forget to download our handy Workplace Bullying Risk Assessment Checklist, as well as a copy of our Workplace Bullying Policy and Procedures Checklist to ensure your employer is controlling all bullying risks at your workplace!


Industrial Manslaughter Campaign Brief

Queensland and the ACT have already introduced industrial manslaughter laws. It is Labor Party policy in Tasmania and South Australia to introduce industrial manslaughter laws. In Victoria, however, some bosses are getting away with murder. 

Nine people have been killed at work this year alone in Victoria. There is no justice for the worker who died, the family of the deceased, co-workers and the community. Our current laws aren't enough of a deterrent and ultimately send the wrong message: a workplace fatality is just the cost of doing business. 

Tune into this webinar as we discuss VTHC's latest campaign on industrial manslaughter, what industrial manslaughter is, what we are asking for in the campaign, and how you can get involved. We will be providing practical guidance and tools on how to do this. 

This webinar is co-hosted by Paul Sutton, Lead Organiser of the OHS Unit at VTHC, who is heading the industrial manslaughter campaign. 

Download the PowerPoint presentation here. Don't forget to download a copy of the Industrial manslaughter Campaign Kit, petition, and posters to take around to your workplace. We have also developed a How to talk about Industrial Manslaughter document to help you make those conversations at work.

If you haven't already signed our industrial manslaughter online petition, you can do it through this link.



Gendered Violence in the Workplace

Gendered Violence (GV) is any action or behaviour that causes physical, sexual, psychological, or economic harm to a worker because of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or because they do not adhere to gender stereotypes or socially prescribed gender roles. 

Employers have a legal duty under the 2004 Victorian OHS Act to provide all workers with a healthy and safe working environment - and a workplace free from GV is part of that duty. 

Watch the second installment of our OHS Webinar Series of 2018 as we discuss GV at the workplace; what it looks like; why it's an OHS risk; and how, like all OHS hazards, HSRs can identify the GV risk and ensure your employer controls or eliminates it at your workplace. We will provide practical guidance and tools on how to do this. 

This webinar is co-hosted by Jodi Peskett, Co-lead Organiser of the We Are Union Women's Team. Jodi will take you through their ground-breaking ‘Stop Gendered Violence at Work Clause’ - developed in collaboration with the Victorian union movement - so you can negotiate with your Union to get the clause into your next workplace enterprise agreement. 

Download the PowerPoint presentation here. We also have available our handy GV HSR Risk Assessment Tool that we created for HSRs to practically ensure their employer is controlling or eliminating GV OHS risks at work. You can also download a copy of the Stop gendered Violence at Work Clause here, and don't forget to check out other GV at work resources available on the We Are Union Women's website: https://www.unionwomen.org.au/stopgvresources



Ask Renata Live!

Have you ever wanted to "Ask Renata" an OHS question? For the last 18 years, our resident OHS expert, Renata Musolino has been there to answer all your OHS queries sent in online. Now, for the first time ever, Ask Renata went live to launch the first episode of our 2018 OHS Webinar Series!

Watch this webinar to hear Renata's answers to various and practical OHS questions such as working in the heat, what to do about inadequate facilities at work, and what OHS duties to expect from your employer.

Download the Q&A document from the webinar here! Don't forget, if you have an OHS question you'd like Renata to answer, send them in here: http://ohsrep.org.au/ask-renata-form




Conference Re-cap: PINs Get Things Done

'PINs Get Things Done" is the latest in our webinar series and touches on some of the take-home messages from the 2017 HSR Conference on issue resolution. The webinar covers common questions HSRs ask when it comes to issuing a PIN, such as when to use it, what to do if there is a health and safety problem at work, inspectors and PINs, and what to do if your PIN is challenged by your employer or canceled by an inspector.

This webinar will be co-hosted by Sean Crotty, an elected HSR of 6 years, who will provide practical guidance and advice on how to issue one of an HSR's most powerful and effective rights - PINs.  

Download the PowerPoint slides here! You can also download the official Victorian Trades Hall Council's PIN form and Consultation form.


Fighting Behavioural Based Safety!


Behaviour-based safety (BBS) programmes focus attention on worker "carelessness" and workers' "unsafe behaviours", placing the blame for safety problems in the workplace on workers themselves, and diverting attention from the root causes of the problem: hazards on the job, unsafe conditions, work restructuring, new technologies and other workplace changes.  

This webinar discusses some of the problems associated with BBS, what you should know about it, and what you should do if BBS rears its ugly head at your workplace…either as a formal ‘program’ or otherwise. The latest in our webinar series will be co-hosted by Sarah Ross, an OHS Officer for the AMWU, to provide expert commentary on this ubiquitous, and dangerous, OHS trend in today's workplaces.

Download the PowerPoint slides here. You can also download our Guidelines for Determining BBS which provides a list of helpful checklists and questions to ask. We have also developed a useful BBS Workplace Score checklist to highlight where your workplace can improve and what health and safety system your workplace can adopt that isn't BBS. 



Occupational Violence and Aggression 

Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) occurs when a person is abused, threatened or assaulted at work. It predominantly occurs in health, aged care, disability, youth services, education, law enforcement, retail, hospitality, security, finance, and banking industries and creates a risk to the health and safety of employees and others.

This webinar series is co-hosted by Kathy Chrisfield, OHS Unit Coordinator at the ANMF. Kathy discusses the ANMF's fantastic 10 point plan to end violence and aggression in the health services, and why it has been so effective. We also discuss how you can involve colleagues, fellow HSRs, and management in creating and implementing your own plan to end occupational violence and aggression at your workplace.

Download the Powerpoint slides here. You can also download our Occupational Violence and Aggression: HSR Risk Assesment Checklist. You can use this checklist to help you assess the risk to employees of any identified hazard of OVA at your workplace. Don't forget to download a copy of the ANMF's 10 Point Plan to use as a reference point and guideline for your own workplace's plan to end OVA. 


The Asbestos Eradication Agency and You

Australia has one of the world's highest rates of asbestos-related diseases and a legacy of asbestos contaminated materials (ACMs) in our built environment. For decades, the trade union movement has fought to eliminate and ban exposure to asbestos in Australia. In 2013, after a push by the union movement, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) was established with the aim of preventing exposure to asbestos in order to eliminate asbestos-related diseases. Victoria eventually followed the Federal government's lead with the announcement of the Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency (VAEA) in 2016. 

In this webinar series you will learn more about the ASEA and VAEA, the trade union movement's involvement in the eradication of asbestos in Australia, and why we need to move away from the management of asbestos and towards a program of asbestos elimination in our built environment. Co-hosting this webinar is Assistant Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council, David Cragg, to provide a union perspective on the issue. 

Download the PowerPoint here! We have also made a handy 'Asbestos Checklist' for all you HSRs out there on what duties must be complied with by your employer, and how to enforce them with reference to the regulations and Act.


What has changed in the 2017 OHS Regulations? Part II

Since Victoria's new OHS Regulations came into effect June 18, we gave you a little taste of what these changes meant for you, as HSRs and OHS Officers, with Part one of our Webinar series. 

Part two of this series covers what has changed, and what hasn't, to Chapter 4 of the new OHS Regulations: Hazardous Substances and Materials. Specifically, we look at changes to asbestos, lead, and carcinogenic substances- areas that are more relevant to your workplace than you think! Once again, our very own Renata Musolino is co-host to provide expert commentary and live answers to the changes surrounding Chapter 4 of the 2017 OHS Regulations. 

Unfortunately, due to some technical issues with the Webinar program, we are unable to upload a video reccording. However you can download the audio recording here, and acompany it with a copy of the PowerPoint slides. 




What has changed in the 2017 OHS Regulations? Part I

Victoria's new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 came into effect 18 June 2017, replacing the 2007 version. Part one of this webinar series examines what has changed, and what hasn't, in the OHS regulations. Renata Musolino is our featured guest providing expert commentary on this latest iteration of Victoria's OHS Regulations. 

Download the PowerPoint Presentation!

Q&A's sent in to 'Ask Renata' from Part I are available here.



World Cancer Day Webinar: Towards Zero Work-Related Cancer

Exposure to asbestos, chemicals, dust and UV at work is killing thousands of Australian workers. This Webinar is for HSRs, union officials and activists to discuss and identify the hazards at your workplace, and the strategies required to eliminate them

Together, #WeCanICan stop work-related cancers!



Consultation Masterclass

We recapped what we learnt at this year's HSR Conference and elaborated on the best ways to meaningfully engage your DWG & employer to achieve the best health & safety outcomes in your workplace.

This webinar goes beyond what is written in the OHS Act & Regulations to explore clear examples of how to engage your DWG and employer with consultation.



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