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FOCUS ON NT WORKPLACE SAFETY

Safework Australia week (21-27 October) sees Territory workers, unions and employers focussing upon improving workplace health and safety performance, celebrating safety achievements and identifying opportunities to make NT workplaces safer.

Unions NT Secretary Alan Paton applauded efforts by NT workers, unions and their employers to improve workplace safety as all workers ‘deserve to go to work and return home safely everyday’.

NT Unions have a great deal of safety achievement in the past year and going forward to acknowledge and celebrate including:

·  Introduction of a Healthy Worker project by Unions NT targeting workers 
  in the Top End construction industry

·  New Work Health and Safety legislation and regulations from 1 January 2012

·  New definition of worker arrangements for workers’ compensation coverage 
  affecting an additional 9000 NT workers in the building, tourism, hospitality 
  and property services industry

·  A safety award to Mick Scown of the NT Fire and Rescue Service earlier this 
  year in recognition of his role as an elected Health and Safety Representative

·  An additional 170 NT workers and managers achieving a certificate IV OHS

·  65 more NT workers achieving OHS Diplomas

·  More than 100 extra union Health and Safety Representatives elected during 
  2012

·  Recognition of the extraordinary efforts of the NT Department of Health and 
  unions in advancing OHS across its workforce.

·  A Darwin Port Corporation safety exhibit and workshops

·  OHS training for members, delegates, organisers and officials

·  A Workplace Bullying proposal to the Commonwealth to more effectively 
  address bullying and harassment as a work based concern

·  Participation in a Commonwealth review of the Safety Rehabilitation and 
  Compensation Act

·  Increased ‘White card’ construction safety induction card recipients

·  Development and implementation of a New National OHS Strategy and Plan 
   for 2012-2022

·  A proposal to the NT Government and Opposition to support a program that 
  seeks to progressively eliminate asbestos from the Territory’s ‘built 
  environment’ from 2012 to 2030

·  An updated Strategic Plan for NT WorkSafe

·  Industry safety improvement projects including for the NT primary industries 
  sector

·  A range of safety campaigns in the road transport and construction sectors

Union members are encouraged to also participate in activities and workshops across the NT during Safework Australia Week which are available by reference to the NT WorkSafe web site www.worksafe.com.au said Mr Paton.

 

For further information contact Alan Paton at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0427415713

Published: 18 Oct 2012

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