Bulletin No: 033 | 5 May 2020
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS
UFU WEBINAR ON PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION WITH SPECIAL GUEST
Friday 8 May 2020 – 1430hrs
Notification of UFU Webinar
The UFU will hold a special webinar to discuss Victorian presumptive legislation and the types of occupational cancers that presumptive legislation covers, on Friday 8 May 2020 at 1430hrs.
The Branch Secretary will provide information about the journey to achieving presumptive legislation.
James Carlson, Principal Lawyer, Slater + Gordon, is a personal injury specialist lawyer and will attend the UFU Webinar as a special guest, to provide detailed information about the operation of the legislation.
All UFU members are encouraged to attend this webinar. UFU Delegates, in particular HSRs and Deputy HSRs, are encouraged to attend.
What is presumptive legislation?
After many years of campaigning, on 20 June 2019 presumptive cancer and fire service reform legislation was passed by the Andrews Government, with the assistance of crossbenchers in the Upper House.
Presumptive legislation recognises the unavoidable risks that professional career firefighters face as a result of the work that they perform. Our National Union, the United Firefighters Union of Australia, first campaigned for presumptive legislation in 2011 via an extensive Senate Inquiry, after which presumptive legislation was passed to cover Federal career firefighters (ACT and Aviation Firefighters).
Presumptive legislation is based on a North American model that gives certainty to professional career firefighters who are diagnosed with a prescribed cancer in the course of their service to the community.
Presumptive legislation is based on extensive, credible scientific research that confirms that, due to accumulated occupational exposures at predominately structure fires, professional career firefighters have a higher incidence of contracting certain types of cancer as a result of their service to the community.
The benefits of presumptive legislation are many – and will be discussed on the Webinar. A flow-on effect of presumptive legislation is greater awareness of OHS measures and, consequently, improved work practices. The improved work practices have minimised – as much as possible – contamination and cross-contamination. This will be discussed in detail during the Webinar.
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