Conference: Leaders embracing forest safety

Wednesday 11 Jul 2018

Workplace safety gets top billing in forests
In early August, FIEA's forest safety conference series – Forest Safety & Technology 2018 – will show how well forest workers have embraced new techniques for integrated workplace safety.

“The engagement with loggers and tree-planters by Fiona Ewing’s team at the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) has been outstanding,” says Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) spokesman, Gordon Thomson. “In planning our case studies for this year’s conference, we found plenty of examples of people taking the things that FISC have been promoting and putting them into practice,” he adds.

“One of our keynote speakers, Hillary Bennett, has been working with people in industry and FISC for a long time. Her principles and techniques have been well accepted both here in New Zealand and in Australia among leading forest managers and contracting people,” adds Thomson.

Some of our ‘must-see’ keynote speakers:
  • Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety – Creating a positive safety culture is recognised as an essential part of effective health and safety management. Conversations are at the heart of a strong health and safety culture; not only are they a way to convey commitment and caring for others, they are also a powerful way to understand, and improve, everyday health and safety outcomes. But how conversations are had can determine if they are effective. Speaking up isn’t always easy, but it’s crucial. Participating in a facilitated conversation means people can honestly reflect their views.

  • John Tidswell, Business Development Manager, The Drug Detection Agency - John will discuss key issues in workplace impairment testing, legislative obligations, recent trends in testing statistics, overseas trends, oral fluid testing and finally; how marijuana legalisation might affect our industry.

  • Rahul Watson Govindan, Group CEO, Thundermaps - Protecting distributed teams through hazard awareness: Tech capabilities has advanced rapidly in recent years. The forestry industry is unique in the challenges it faces, with distributed teams in dangerous environments. By using data we can mitigate the risks employees face. The data often exists, the challenge is to get it in front of people when they need it. Specific hazard details for forestry are crucial. With people out in uncertain and changing environments outside of a company’s immediate control, awareness of various and ever-changing hazards is crucial. These systems has been applied for OSPRI – with people on large farms across the country.

Registrations are now open. We’ve got great support industry from principal partners McFall Fuel and VicForests. The conference runs on 8th August in Rotorua at Distinction Hotel. The following week on 15th August, it runs at Bayview Eden Hotel in Melbourne. Register now at: www.forestsafety.events




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