In Victoria, workers are protected by their union and also the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Together they form an effective means of support for ETU members when dealing with health and safety matters. The ETU, in conjunction with the Victorian Trades Hall and the ACTU, has access to current information on every health and safety matter.
By contacting the ETU, we can provide members with up-to-date accurate material that will assist you in dealing with issues at your workplace.
The ETU provides advice on current procedures to follow when dealing with OHS matters, however, the most important thing to remember is that – IF IT IS UNSAFE, DON’T DO IT.
All the words in the world cannot replace these when considering your safety. No one can force any worker to work in an unsafe manner.
If you need advice or assistance on an occupational health and safety issue at your workplace please contact the ETU's OH&S Officers David Tuddenham or Kris Gretgrix.
The Victorian Branch of the Electrical Trades Union is proud to provide the Occupational Health and Safety Manual 2016 edition.
Download the ETU Occupational Health and Safety Manual
These are the most recent Safety Alerts issued buy the ETU Occupational Health and Safety Unit. Safety is our number one issue, and should be yours too. Make sure you are familiar with the contents of any Safety Alerts which relate to your industry or the way you do your job.
OHS ALERT 58 - Scissor Lift Incident: De-Gloving
OHS ALERT 57 - Energy Safe Victoria Allows Non-Compliant Installation to be Energised
OHS ALERT 48 - Asbestos present in Robin Johnson Switch Rooms
OHS ALERT 47 - Danger of crushing in elevated work platforms
OHS ALERT 46 - Fall Protection For Tower Cranes
OHS ALERT 45 - Electrical Floor Boxes
OHS ALERT 44 - Fire Precautions During Construction Requirements
OHS ALERT 43 - Electrical Testing Requirements
OHS ALERT 42 - Lift Installation: Suspended work platform certification
OHS ALERT 41 - Lift Installation: Working on top of lift car
OHS ALERT 40 - Lift Installation: Working on live or near live electrical equipment
OHS ALERT 39 - Lift Installation: Pit access
OHS ALERT 38 - Lift Installation: Rescue retrieval
OHS ALERT 37 - Lift Installation: Licensing requirements
OHS ALERT 36 - Lift Installation: Works compliance checklist
OHS ALERT 35 - Cable winching
OHS ALERT 33 - Lighting on construction sites in Victoria
OHS ALERT 32 - Colour codes on construction sites in Victoria
OHS ALERT 31 - Emergency exit signs
OHS ALERT 29 - Testing portable RCDs on construction sites
OHS ALERT 28 - Insulated pins on 3 pin plug tops
OHS ALERT 27 - Rebar caps do no prevent impalement
OHS ALERT 26 - Electrical safety and network assets
OHS ALERT 25 - Action following electric shock
OHS ALERT 24 - Correct plug top - plug socket arrangement
OHS ALERT 22 - Inspection of Lesds for Damage (PIgtail Leads)
OHS ALERT 21 - Portable light towers supplied by generators
OHS ALERT 19 - Power poles
OHS ALERT 18 - Hire equipment
OHS ALERT 17 - Inspection and maintenance of ladders
OHS ALERT 16 - Electric ovens
OHS ALERT 15 - Makita circular saw recall
OHS ALERT 14 - Makita portable power saw
OHS ALERT 13 - Construction wiring installed in concrete slabs
OHS ALERT 12 - Unsafe extension leads
OHS ALERT 11 - Testing and Tagging
OHS ALERT 10 - Volt sticks
OHS ALERT 9 - Testing and test equipment
OHS ALERT 8 - Angle grinders
OHS ALERT 7 - Relocatable Buildings
OHS ALERT 6 - No live work on construction wiring
OHS ALERT 5 - Working load limits
OHS ALERT 1 - Switchboards on building and construction sites