Report – Forest Safety Code Forum

The Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2007 (the Code) provides practical a advice on how to manage risks in the Tasmanian forest industry. The Code has not been updated since 2007.

With this in mind the Forestry Work and Safety Committee made a decision to initiate a review into the Code as it is important to hold onto the safety gains made since the Code was introduced and improve on those gains as we go into the future.

Forest Safety Code Review
Update Number 1

The Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2007 (the Code) provides practical a advice on how to manage risks in the Tasmanian forest industry. The Code has not been updated since 2007.

With this in mind the Forestry Work and Safety Committee made a decision to initiate a review into the Code as it is important to hold onto the safety gains made since the Code was introduced and improve on those gains as we go into the future.

As part of this review a Forum was held on the 21st June 2019, facilitated by Therese Taylor, Convenor of The Network.

The purpose of this well attended Forum was to provide the Forest Industry with an opportunity to discuss how the Code needs to change in order to remain effective and relevant in the context of a new working environment.

The participants on the day were representative of the forest supply chain and so able to contribute from many perspectives. It was a very productive day and we certainly appreciated the input of participants.

Following an introduction session which provided background information to the group, the Forum concentrated on what was obsolete and should be removed from the Code and also what had changed in the environment and should be added to the Code.

The outcomes from the day included:

1. A Steering Committee was formed to take the Project forward
The Steering Committees members are :
• Penny Wells (Chair)
• Darren Herd
• Mark Cocker
• Karen Hall
• John Webb
• Alistair Hayward
• Therese Taylor

2. Scoping a Project Brief for the project
A project brief will be completed based on the outputs of the Forum. It will include a proposed budget, time frame and communication plan and training requirements. The Project is expected to be completed within the time frame of a year.

3. Appointment of a Project Officer
An EOI will be developed and distributed seeking a Project Officer to complete the Project.

4. Funding
The Project will be funded through financial contribution from industry. Part of the Project will be to secure funding for the Project from industry users.

The Network will keep you updated regularly as the Project progresses.

Please contact The Network or the Steering Committee with any feedback

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