SAFETREE - Let's get this out in the open

Wednesday 15 Jun 2022

SAFETREE Update: Let's talk ... about drugs in forestry - I heard a great story the other day about the way one contractor is helping to manage the risk of impairment from alcohol and other drugs at work.

I was talking to a Safetree auditor about how Safetree is revising the industry’s alcohol and drugs code of practice, and he told me about a simple - but effective - way one contractor checks his crew are fit to work.

When everyone arrives on site in the morning, he greets them with a hongi. The main reason he does this is cultural. But the contractor says it also means he has a good idea of what they’ve been smoking or drinking that morning. It’s one way he can confirm they’re fit for work.

Safetree is keen to gather more stories about the ways people are dealing with the risks posed by alcohol and other drugs. The includes what they are doing in the areas of prevention, monitoring, and rehabilitation.

We’d like you to tell us your stories - what you’re doing, what works best for you and your biggest challenges. Hearing your stories – good and bad - will help us understand what’s needed to ensure the revised code helps manage the risk of impairment from alcohol and other drugs in forestry workplaces.

You can see one of these stories below – how Gisborne-based Forestry Solutions Group is rehabilitating people and getting them back to work in forestry and forestry-related businesses.

The SAFETREE team invites you to send them your feedback and stories in confidence by 24 June to:

Source: John Lowe, (Acting) National Safety Director, FISC/Safetree

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