Training for Reps

Did you know work load and work/life balance are potential Workplace Health and Safety issues?

A new course, Workplace Health and Safety for Reps, has been added to the Union’s training repertoire to raise Reps’ awareness of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and its potential for use as a tool to tackle workload.

A key feature of the Act is the demand that those responsible for providing safe workplaces consult workers about WHS issues and establish safe systems of work.

Scheduling of events so that members are left fatigued, for example, could be argued to fail the ‘safe system’ test.

The course has been run twice to date and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Many participants have commented that they knew nothing about the legislation before they came and would take what they had learnt back to their colleagues.

The course will be run again on Friday 14 October at the Union’s Ultimo office. If you are a Rep or are interested in WHS you should apply to attend.

Marilyn Jervis
Organiser/Trade Union Training Officer