Thank you to those who continue to support FISA and welcome to new 2018 members, without you we couldn’t do what we do! Particular thanks to those who gave their time getting involved in various working groups. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in any of our working groups in 2019.
Calum Duffy, Chair of the Chainsaw Project Working Group, thanks those cutters who got involved in the early cutter meetings, your ideas have fed into this Working Group. The Working Group is now pushing forward with a pilot log book for all new recruits, guide price rates and accepted methods. In the early stages of the pilot it’s already showing different levels of competence having all worked similar amounts of hours in similar conditions. Feedback will be out next year.
Landowner awareness keeps a pace with increased Landowner engagement. As FISA, we go to them, to ensure that the Landowner better understands forestry safety requirements.
A refresh of the main industry Guidance on Managing Health & Safety in Forestry will be complete in early 2019, this will help to raise the safety message with, in particular, the Landowner sector.
Coming soon in 2019, FISA steps forward with social media and gets more smart phone friendly so you will get to hear more frequently what FISA is doing. A refreshed website will also help you to quickly find safety information.
2019 will also see FISA Safety Health Awareness Days (SHADS) - dates and locations will be publicised on the FISA website.
We have eight Working Groups, all focussing on forestry safety topics. A lot of work behind the scenes goes into raising safety awareness across all sectors from the FISA Team. In 2019 we need a number of you with forestry site experience to get involved: a number of guides will need to be reviewed and commented on – can you help with updates to match modern methods and kit within the industry? We’re pushing for industry guide rates to ensure resource for safety is better reflected in the tender price, we will need rates to form an average for the industry. Get involved by either attending meetings or reviewing detail by email. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think safe / stay safe
Best wishes and all the best for 2019.