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FISA Guidance on Managing Health and Safety in Forestry

The refreshed 2019 FISA Guidance on Managing Health & Safety in Forestry (GMHSF), is now available to the UK forestry industry.

This core guidance informs all those working in the timber supply chain and their stakeholders, by clearly setting out your roles and responsibilities.   At the heart of the 2019 revision is the recognition of the requirement for competence in all roles, from landowner/agent, Forest Works Manager, Contractor (inc' hauliers and supporting trades), Sub-contractor and Workers. The guide is clearly split into these sections with a main introduction applicable for all roles.

Developing competence and maintaining it, is the key safety challenge faced by the forestry industry. The recognition of this challenge lies at the heart of FISA's priorities, as its aim is to eliminate death and injury from the timber supply chain. Fatal injuries to chainsaw users remain FISA's members principle concern and all parts of the industry have a role to play.  

After two years considered and thorough review, with the assistance of the HSE, it is hoped GMHSF will remain fit for puorpose for a further five years. Forming a foundation for FISA's members efforts to engage and communicate better ways of working and managing risk. 

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Forestry First Aid +F and emergency planning

FISA have received a recent enquiry on +F First Aid, the following article from Forestry & Timber News in February 2017 explains about ‘Forestry First Aid +F’ and emergency planning

First Aid +Forestry (EFAW+F) is now considered the industry standard for those working in the forestry sector. But what makes First Aid +F different to conventional first aid at work?

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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

This FISA Information Leaflet provides guidance to Employers and Operatives on Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, together with a range of links to more information, calculators and research.

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HSE - Personal first-aid kit contents update - Aug 2019

HSE has revised guidance on the contents of personal first aid kits.  

The relevant page http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/site-management/first-aid.htm has been updated. 

HSE advise that personal first aid kits should now contain one or more haemostatic dressings and a tourniquet, rather than as previously advised, a large wound dressing, for situations where control of a significant haemorrhage is required.  

Please note that suitable first aid training for tree work should include how to apply a haemostatic dressing and a tourniquet, as well as when such products should be used.

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Leptospirosis

This leaflet contains notes on good practice which are not compulsory but which you may find helpful in considering what you need to do.

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Lone Working

This FISA Information Leaflet provides guidance on how to keep lone workers healthy and safe.

It is for:

  • anyone who employs or engages lone workers
  • self employed people who work alone
  • employees who work alone

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Lyme Disease

FISA Information Leaflet 001-1114, Revised June 2018

This leaflet seeks to raise awareness of the Hazards of Ticks in forests and woodlands, and the best methods to prevent Lyme disease infection from a Tick bite.

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Provision of First Aid at Work

This leaflet answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work. It is aimed at employers in small and medium-sized workplaces, but may be useful to all employers, managers and others involved in first aid at work.

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