Tree work e-bulletin - Issue 3, October 2012

Engaging Arboricultural Contractors Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD)

The next in this series of free SHADs aimed at clients who employ arboricultural contractors, is being held on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at The Kent Event Centre. Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF

To book a place or obtain further information please email [email protected]

The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA)

The FISA was successfully launched at APF 2012 on Thursday 13 September. At the launch three speakers (Steve Lavery (Chair), Professor Dick Taylor (HSE Board member) and Donald McLean (Chair Forestry Contractors Association) introduced the Accord, described the health and safety challenges facing the industry, welcomed the safety Accord as a positive step forward and invited the industry to show leadership to improve the industry's health and safety performance.

Signatories to the Accord:

Accord members are committed to achieving this through:

Improvements should start now.

More than 25 organisations have signed the Accord to date, including organisations throughout the timber supply chain. Accord members have established a safety group, which has set up working groups looking at industry guidance, sharing intelligence, behavioural change, chainsaw refresher training, timber haulage, working safety with electricity and manager/supervisor competence for health and safety.

Making health and safety simpler and clearer for small business

Health and safety management should be a straightforward part of managing your business as a whole.

The Health and Safety Toolbox: How to control risks at work, has just gone live on HSE's website and is available free of charge. It involves practical steps that protect people from harm and at the same time protect the future success of your business.

Fee for Intervention

The HSE cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), started on 1 October 2012.

FFI recovers costs from those who break health and safety laws for the time and effort HSE spends helping to put matters right such as, investigating and taking enforcement action.

Law-abiding businesses will be free from costs and will not pay a fee.

New guidance has been published on HSE's website setting out how the scheme will work in practice. Developed in consultation with representatives from industry, it explains how FFI works and includes examples illustrating how it would be applied.

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