Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) Exposure Draft
15 Feb 2021
After nearly five years, an Exposure Draft of the Forest Safety Code Tasmania will be presented to the Minister for Justice, the Honourable Elise Archer with a recommendation that it should be adopted as an amended version of the document that is prescribed in regulation 60 of the Work Health and Safety (Transitional) Regulations 2012 by the Private Forests Tasmania supported code review Steering Committee.
The amendment of the 2007 Code was made necessary by the enactment of the WHS Act in 2012.
Figure 1 below outlines the timeline and detailed process followed to amend it
Figure 1 - Code amendment process - NB: SC indicates Steering Committee review
Over the past 12 months the industry has participated in a very detailed review and the final version of the Exposure Draft was prepared following three facilitated workshops in November located in Burnie, Launceston, and Hobart for which 90 people registered and 77 attended. The recommended amendments in the Exposure Draft are necessary to remove obsolete provisions, reflect modern practices, and to be accurate and useful.
It is the view of the Tasmanian forest industry that the document should maintain its status as a Code of Practice so that the safety of Tasmanian forest workers is given the same level of protection under the WHS Act as the forests in which they work through the Forest Practices Code.