Worksafe Victoria News
We recommend that you bookmark the Worksafe Victoria News https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news in order to be alerted to the activities of our safety regulator.
While this site sadly has a strong focus on workplace fatalities and prosecutions, the media releases in January and February 2022 contained some valuable information, including:
- Essential legislative changes such as COVID-19 no longer being a notifiable disease.
- Campaigns to minimise work injuries such as the free online information session to help ensure farmers are aware of the latest health and safety requirements. After this online event, inspectors will visit farms in the Yarra Valley to conduct compliance checks.
- A reminder for small business owners in construction about the OHS Essentials program that consists of three personalised advice sessions offered by independent consultants, but funded by Worksafe Victoria.
Then there is the new UMM … is that safe? program, to help young workers speak up. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/UMM
Young people created this social media campaign, and it uses a tall, orange, furry mascot called UMM to deliver the messaging. [UMM being that feeling you get when something is not right.]
In the first instance, young workers are encouraged to report unsafe work and injury to their manager, supervisor, or HSR. The next recommended action is to get their mum, a workmate (or other third party) to make a report on their behalf.
While CSG members may not be the target audience, we welcome your thoughts on the effectiveness of UMM on behalf of the young persons in your life.