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Members who use or are intending to use Sunshine Road, Dempster Street, Paramount Road, and Sommerville Road, West Footscray between March and July 2011, will need to take note of the following information.

Melbourne Water will be upgrading the water main which runs from Essendon Airport via Maribyrnong and Footscray to Yarraville. The existing water main is approximately 80 years old and nearing the end of its safe service life.

This will have some impact on property access and traffic management.  These works will commence in March 2011.

For more information please click here.

This Maurice Blackburn Lawyers newsletter covers tops such as general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act, Trade Practices Act, insurance and more.

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In Victoria over the last 7 years, around 40% of injury claims in long distance bus transport related to manual handling of luggage into and out of cargo bins. In reality, the number of injuries is likely to be considerably higher.

The 'Bus & Coach Drivers: Manual handling of luggage & other items' guidance note provides practical advice to employers about controlling risks from handling luggage and other items into and out of bus cargo bins.

mouseClick here for a copy of the 'Bus & Coach Drivers: Manual handling of luggage & other items' guidance note
Work on harmonisation of Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws is continuing, and they are timed to start on 1 January 2012. As part of this process, draft regulations and codes of practice have now been released for public comment. The comment period closes on 4 April 2011. These regulations and codes will replace existing safety regulations and codes in all states on 1 January 2012.

The new regulations and codes cover the following topics:

  • Employee representation and issue resolution
  • General workplace management, including remote and isolated work, personal protective equipment, first aid and emergency management
  • Noise
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Confined spaces
  • Falls and falling objects
  • High risk work licensing
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Electrical work
  • Diving
  • Plant and structures, including registration of plant and plant design
  • Construction work, including a code of practice for construction facilities
  • Hazardous chemicals, including lead and asbestos
  • Major hazard facilities
  • How to manage health and safety risks (code of practice only)
  • How to consult (code of practice only)

mouseClick here to access the draft regulations, codes and explanatory documents

TWU Vic/Tas (and other State Branches) are working in conjunction with TWU National Office to prepare a response to the Regulations and Codes.


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