Brimbank CC and ASU rebuild safety in workplace
- Created on Monday, 02 April 2012 13:12
The ASU and Brimbank City Council have worked together to further enhance the principles and intent of Occupational Health & Safety.
After lengthy discussions between both parties, the council acknowledged the difficulties in attracting employees to become more involved in OH&S at the workplace.
As a result, the ASU and Brimbank jointly developed a strategic plan which has now delivered positive outcomes and invigorated employees’ awareness regarding OH&S, including the roles and responsibilities of an Occupational Health & Safety representative.
Designated Workgroups (DWGs)
In accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, 29 DWGs were varied and led to multiple nominations from employees across the council, expressing interest in becoming an OH&S representative.
Elections of OH&S Representatives
In accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, the majority of workgroups across the council chose the union to run the election by way of a show of hands, with the other method being a secret ballot.
An election was only necessary where there were more nominations than positions.
In accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, the ASU and Brimbank City Council have agreed that the ASU will conduct the Worksafe approved five-day OH&S training course on site.
A good result all round
This process has been roundly acknowledged as a good result. By working together, the ASU and council have managed to invigorate OH&S among workers, with 30 new OH&S reps being elected, which will result in better safety outcomes for employees and lower Workcover premiums for the employer.
The ASU believes that the commitment by OH&S representatives, delegates and employees has been fantastic and their efforts have contributed to a safer and healthier workplace. It has also led to further commitments from Brimbank City Council regarding the roles and responsibilities of an Occupational Health & Safety representative.
This ground breaking initiative will now become an ASU template for further action at other municipalities around Victoria.
Remember: Don’t risk it, fix it
Caption: Brimbank City Council OH&S representatives (L-R) Chris Lalor, Erol Andrews, Linda Roberts,
Peta Andrejszyn, Amien Effendi and Ben Weber with ASU OH&S Officer Russell McGregor (middle, back)