Tasmanian Forest Safety Code Review
The Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) (the Code) provides practical guidance on how to manage risks in the Tasmanian forest industry. The code has been preserved as an approved code of practice under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012. Last reviewed and published in October 2007, the Code is in need of revision to remove outdated references and include contemporary practices previously not covered by the Code.
In June 2019 an industry wide forum was convened by Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) in partnership with the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN), WorkSafe Tasmania (WST) and key industry stakeholders, to consider a scope for reviewing the code. The workshop identified a range of areas where the existing code is in need of updating.
Private Forests Tasmania has agreed to convene the steering committee and WorkSafe Tasmania has agreed to facilitate the review process by participation in the steering committee, keeping the responsible Minister informed of the project’s progress and in assisting the approval process for the revised code. Other industry stakeholders have agreed to actively participate as members of the project Steering Committee including the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Australian Forest Contractors Association (Tas), Norske Skog and a representative of the Tasmanian Forest Industry Work Health and Safety Committee.
The review process is planned to be resourced from a range of sources including direct contributions from supporting public and private organisations within the forest industry, and grant funds, if successful, under the Healthier, Safer and Productive Workplaces Program.
The project’s primary objectives are:
1. to review the Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) in consultation with Tasmanian forest industry stakeholders and taking account of key issues identified at an industry forum held on 21 June 2019.
2. to develop recommendations for the Tasmanian Minister responsible for work health and safety legislation, to amend the Code to remove outdated references and include contemporary practices previously not covered by the Code.
3. to develop a communication plan to keep key stakeholders informed of the progress of the Code Review project, and to raise awareness of, and communicate key changes in, the revised Code across the forest industry.
The Forest Safety Code is available to view on the Worksafe Tasmania Website:
The Project Scope:
Steering Committee Terms of Reference:
The Tasmanian Forest & Forest Products Network (TFFPN) newsletter is available to view on their website: