The ASU was astonished to learn this morning that VicRoads management is continuing with business as usual.
This includes the continuation of drive tests, and a failure to put in place proactive measures to ensure social distancing in CSCs and across the workplace. Health and Safety Representatives at various sites have written to management to express their concerns.
A Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) to force Management to act on drive tests has been issued at at least one VicRoads site. That PIN only applies to that site.
A PIN is a formal notice given to an employer by the elected Health and Safety Representative. A PIN is issued when the Health and Safety Representative believes the employer is contravening health and safety laws.
In light of COVID-19, the current medical advice that has been issued by Government recommends against “close contact” for more than 15 minutes. It defines “close contact” as “face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes in some other setting such as in a car or a lift or sitting next to them on public transport.”
Drive tests contravene this recommendation, and as such the continuation of this work places staff at unreasonable risk.
Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, requires that “An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain for employees of the employer a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.”
VicRoads management must also take proactive steps to prevent overcrowding in CSCs, and to maintain safe distancing between everyone present in CSCs at any time, including VicRoads staff and members of the public.
The ASU has raised these serious concerns directly with management over a week, and we are shocked by their lack of action. We have written again to management this morning.
Importantly, we will keep you and other ASU members at VicRoads updated on this important issue.
If you are concerned about the management of this issue at your site, or want to discuss how to lodge a PIN at your site, please contact:
ASU Organiser Matt Price | 0407 362 764 | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, if you are seeking advice about COVID-19, please first go to: