Another group of participants who have successfully completed their Work Health & Safety Training Course for Health and Safety Representatives at Unions Tasmania.

Seen above with their certificates are Helen, Deborah, John and Mark from the Department of Health & Human Services, Jessica from Mission Australia and Sharon from the Salvation Army together with trainer Anna Pupillo.

We wish them well and congratulate them for taking on this important responsibility in their workplaces.

Anti-bullying jurisdiction

From 1 January 2014, a worker in a constitutionally covered business who reasonably believes that he or she has been bullied at work can apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop the bullying. The Commission must start to deal with the application within 14 days.

The attached document is a brief overview of this jurisdiction and the provisions of the Act.


Unions Tasmania has continued it's involvement with WorkSafe Month by organising the Hobart and Launceston free one day Conferences for Health & Safety Representatives.

This year's conferences focussed on psychosocial hazards in the workplace.

Minister for Workplace Relations, David O'Byrne opened the Hobart conference and also unveiled the new Asbestos at Work information kit and website, an excellent resource, for more visit: Asbestos At Work website

Simon Cocker, President of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation spoke at the Launceston conference giving an overview of how the Asbestos kit and website came together.

ACTU President Ged Kearney spoke of how workers can face the challenge of psychosocial hazards in the workplace.

Janice Batt, currently from Safe Work Australia, a professional with 30 years' experience in work health and safety management and government policy development presented a session on various methods of managing psychosocial hazards in the workplace including identifying the hazards, controlling the risks and working together to promote mental health and wellbeing at work.

Kirsten Way, an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist, specialises in how worker and group-level psychology can affect occupational health and safety. Kirsten's presentation covered the shared responsibility of work related stress and the People At Work Project which is a psychosocial risk assessment process aimed at helping organisations identify and manage workplace risks to the psychological health of their workers.

Finally, Dr. Verna Blewett, Director of New Horizons Consulting Pty Ltd presented a session titled "The Power of Influence, making change happen in your workplace" as well as "The Toxic Workplace" session which was held in Launceston.

Over 100 health and safety representatives attended each of the conferences and it was a pleasure to present conferences with such high calibre presenters.

Photos from the conferences can be found on our Image Gallery pages.

We Invite you to our 5th Annual Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) Conference!

Nothing is more important than a workplace where employees are safe from injury or illness.  The best way to achieve this is by educating workers about their rights and building strong and lasting Health and Safety Representative (HSR) structures and, as part of this, we invite you to attend our 5th Annual HSR Conference held in conjunction with WorkCover Tasmania. 

HSR Conference Hobart: Wrest Point, Show Room Monday 30th September 2013

HSR Conference Launceston: Launceston Country Club, Ballroom Friday 25th October 2013

To view the program of events and register online visit:

Put the date in your diary; put in a training leave application with your employer and join us for the conference – it’s free and all you need to do is bring yourself!

HSR Survey 2013

Time is running out for Health & Safety Representatives to complete our HSR Survey for 2013, the survey closes on Friday 28th June.

Your survey responses help us shape the HSR Conferences that are held during WorkSafe month later this year. 

Make sure you have your say here:


WorkSafe Tasmania Awards

Unions Tasmania are proud sponsors of the new look WorkSafe Tasmania Awards for 2013, for the first time, HSRs are being recognised with a WorkSafe award.

Friday 28th June is the closing date for nominations, find out more here:


Burnie HSR Training Course

We are also pleased to advise we will be running our accredited HSR training course in Burnie from 12th to 16th August.

For more information or to register online visit us here:



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