Tree work e-bulletin - Issue 5, December 2013

The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA)

FISA has completed its development of a chain saw refresher training course for chain saw operators working on commercial harvesting sites. From 1 October 2013 FISA expects chain saw operators working in commercial forestry to have either undertaken appropriate refresher training in the last five years or attended a FISA refresher course delivered by FISA trainer or registered for a FISA refresher training course or successfully attended an up-skilling of a standard felling unit.

Further information is available on the FISA website

Forestry SHADS

Two forestry SHAD's are planned for March 2014 and will be taking place at Fort William and Cannock Chase.

New guidance - Safe use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in agriculture and forestry

Quad bikes (sit-on vehicles) and all-terrain vehicles (sit-in) have been involved in many accidents. This updated information sheet gives advice on the safe use of ATVs and covers the two main types used in off-road working in agriculture, forestry and the land-based industries.

Use of chain flail/non standard cutting attachments on brush cutters

This Safety Alert as been re-issued to take into account The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) requirement that Member States prohibit the placing on the market of flail-type cutting attachments consisting of several linked metal parts (eg chains) for portable hand-held brush cutters.

Managing for health and safety

HSE has launched new guidance to help make it easier for organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety.

Changes to HSE Contact arrangements

HSE has changed its contact arrangements to better direct those wishing to report an incident, notify workplace concerns or seek interpretation of guidance.

New Risk Assessment Tool

HSE has developed a range of tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses understand health and safety. The advice will help you understand what you do and don't need to do to produce a risk assessment.

RIDDOR changes

HSE has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 clarify and simplify the reporting requirements.

RIDDOR reporting

First aid at work

As of 1 October 2013, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended, removing the requirement for HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. This means that businesses now have more flexibility in how they manage their provision of first aid in the workplace.

Recent enforcement

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