HEALTH and safety issues are important in any workplace and particularly so in the transport industry. Our industry is 10 times more dangerous than any other in Australia.
To that end, the TWU has devised training programs for our members to raise awareness of this vital area and to train up our members on the skills to uphold safety in their workplace.
This year TWU members will be able to access a wider range of training to build power in their workplaces.
TWU training covers many different areas: from bargaining and organising - to union history and learning how to use their power as a delegate in the workplace.
Our new training program has enabled the TWU to train four times as many members and delegates as in the previous year. With its success, the TWU has decided to expand its training program this year to include courses for Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).
From March 1, this union began providing specialised training to members elected to the role of HSR in their workplace, acting as a WorkCover approved Health and Safety Representative training provider under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).
Elected HSRs will be able to undertake a five-day training course and a one-day course in the years to follow, to refresh their skills during their three-year term.
The five-day and one-day courses aim to teach HSRs the vital skills required to fulfil the role in their workplace; including their duties, responsibilities, how to respond to and prevent health and safety issues; and develop safety strategies.
Members should take advantage of the TWU's HSR training course, as an opportunity to refine their skills in an environment geared towards their needs and not that of the company.
HSRs now have the opportunity to choose whether they would like to have their training provided by the company, or an organisation they can trust.