OH&S

Members can contact DATTA Vic with any OH&S questions or issues.  

Below are a range of useful OH&S links;


*Update on the Safe Use of Machinery for Technologies Teaching Course* February 2021

DATTA Vic understands that the DET has produced Work Health and Safety modules for teachers in Government Schools that have unclear guidance on the requirements for Technologies teachers to undertake the Safe Use of Machinery for Technologies Teaching course.

We have had confirmation from the DET that accreditation for individuals is for life once they have successfully completed the relevant units of competency. Therefore as long as a teacher has undertaken the Wood/Metal course, there is currently no requirement to repeat it or to complete a refresher every 5 years.

DATTA Vic recommends that all teachers working with tools and equipment undertake the Safe Use of Machinery course in line with your school's Risk Management Procedure

For further information on OH&S in the Technologies classroom, see the DET's Safety Guidelines.


OH&S Advice for Technologies Teachers

Government schools can contact the DET's OH&S Advisory line, run by Marsh PTY Ltd, their OHS support service provider.  

Call 1300 074 715 or email safety@edumail.vic.gov.au

Teachers can also contact WorkSafe Victoria's advisory line on 1800 136 089, or email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au


 

The ‘Safe Use of Machinery’ accreditation is required if you teach in the Wood/Metal areas in government schools. It is highly recommended that teachers in Catholic and Independent schools complete this course.

The Safe Use of Machinery course (22454VIC) is a four-day course that accredits teachers in the following areas:

  • General OH&S requirements related to the Technology learning area
  • Accreditation in the safe use of Woodworking static machinery
  • Accreditation in the safe use of Metalworking static machinery

This purpose of this course isn’t to provide initial training in the use of these machines, but to check that teachers are experienced and can use machinery safely.

The following providers are currently approved to run these courses:


‚ÄčOther Sources of Information

The following resources are not DET-approved, but can provide advice when developing your own classroom procedures.

Andrew Nicholls & Associates offers an OH&S Consultancy service to schools which covers all aspects of Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Management.  

DATTA Vic have produced this Machine Levels Matrix for D&T educators.

It was compiled after extensive consultation with many teachers. Please note that the level suggestions are intended as advice only.

Technologies departments must still make their own school-based decisions about the introduction of machinery, based on their teaching program and their judgement on the competency and maturity levels of their students.

Generic Power Tool / Machine Student Licence (Peter Murphy, Northcote High School)

Pedestal Drill Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)

Jig Saw Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)

Portable Biscuit Joiner Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)

Portable Hand Drill Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)

Sander Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)

Scroll Saw Competency Test (Frank Drandi, Emmanuel College)