Since the start of May, the project manager, PF Olsen, has been inviting Tasmania’s forest industry to provide comments on how the Forest Safety Code should be updated and reviewed. To date 35 people have registered an interest in providing feedback. Figure 1 shows a breakdown of the roles played by people who have registered.
Based on the feedback received and a thorough review of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2012, its subordinate regulations and the model Codes of Practice that Tasmania has approved, the project team has begun drafting a Consultation Draft of the amended Forest Safety Code. The Project Steering Committee will review this work later this week and then as sections are completed, they will be published on the Private Forest Tasmania website and further feedback will be sought.
All feedback received will then be consolidated into a formal Consultation Draft by the end of August. During September, three facilitated workshops will be held. The format of these workshops will depend upon the COVID19 social distancing rules in place at that time. Feedback will be considered and incorporated into an Exposure Draft together with a set of recommendations for the Minister outlining why the Exposure Draft should be accepted as an amendment to the current registered Forest Safety Code (Tasmania). Figure 2 outlines the timeline for this project.
Please get involved with the Project so that the Forest Safety Code continues to its important role in keeping our Forest Workers safe. You can still register your interest here. Register HERE