The National Safety Summit at ENTECH attracted a truly representative cross section of the entertainment and events industry on Thursday 19th July. It was standing room only at Melbourne Park, as the industry heard how a Code or Guidelines could be put together, and discussed wider safety and training issues.
The Summit endorsed by a show of hands the creation of a Working Party, steered by Live Performance Australia, to decide whether to pursue a Code of Practice or a set of Guidelines. Carolyn Davies, Manager, Workplace Health Safety & Compensation, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) spelled out the differences, and the implications.
Frank Ward and Chris Hayes of the Arts Centre Melbourne spoke of that organisations progress on safety and training, and Jessica Doyle, head of safety at the Sydney Opera House did likewise.
In open forum, Roderick Van Gelder reported the creation of the event safety alliance, www.eventsafetyalliance.org.au and a wide range of opinions were heard. Soolin from Live Performance Australia will release a transcript shortly.
FAQ – JARGON
Code of Practice: will be used in conjunction with the model WHS Act and Regulations, are admissible in court proceedings under the model WHS Act and Regulations. Require Govt signoff. Difficult to achieve.
Guidelines: Model guides will be used in conjunction with the model WHS Act and Regulations and are admissible in court proceedings under the model WHS Act and Regulations. Easier to achieve.
CUSOHS301A Follow OHS Unit of Competency: The one appropriate Unit in the Training Pacakage that works as an induction training course (when delivered properly).
CI: Construction Industry card.
(More to come……)