This was the sixth year Victorian Trades Hall Council partnered with WorkSafe Victoria for the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Work Health and Safety (WHS) conference. The conference took place on Tuesday 27th October 2020 with approximately fifteen hundred HSR’s in attendance.
The ASU had over two hundred HSR’s registered across the state. This was a phenomenal turnout given it was conducted completely online.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Risks to Psychological Health”.
Throughout the day we heard from HSR’s of the year, Sara Jorgensen and Sally Collier-Clarke along with Professor Maureen Dollard & Dr Tessa Bailey from the Centre for Workplace Excellence about identifying and addressing psych hazards in the workplace.
We also had a live “Ask Renata” session to close the day with Renata answering as many questions as time would allow.
ASU Breakout Session
Miriam Gillis, ASU WorkSafe approved trainer, Punita Boardman ASU Women’s Organiser and Mick Vanbeek ASU OH&S Organiser ran the ASU breakout session. This year’s session was about “Gendered Violence in the workplace”. The ASU had approximately 100 HSR’s attend. The last fifteen minutes of the day was a debrief session, and an opportunity for HSR’s to provide feedback about the Conference. We received a lot of positive feedback from HSR’s who attended this session.
Several projects were mentioned over the course of the conference, here are the links:
- The App: OHS Help: https://ohshelp.org.au/; and
- The psych health website: Mind Your Head: mindyourhead.org.au
- New film from Hazards – COVID transmission and killer workplaces Check out the new resource here: Covid transmission and killer workplaces
The ASU is already looking forward to the 2021 conference and hope that all HSR’s from across the state can attend so we can have a bigger and better Conference than 2020.
Mick Vanbeek ASU OH&S Organiser | 0438 133 363 | firstname.lastname@example.org