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Revised Forest Safety Code adopted by Minister


25 Feb 2022

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Private Forests Tasmania is pleased to advise that the Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs has adopted the revision of the Forest Safety Code.

PFT has been advised that the Code will be gazetted on March 2, 2022. Once gazetted, the Code will officially be effective.

The revised Code provides contemporary safety measures to help protect and improve the safety of those working within Tasmania’s forestry industry, as well as meeting current work health and safety laws.

The Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2021 provides practical guidance on managing risks in the Tasmanian forest industry.

The Code was last reviewed and published in October 2007.

In June 2019, an industry-wide forum was convened by Private Forests Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network, WorkSafe Tasmania, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Australian Forest Contractors Association (Tas), Norske Skog, Lenah Estate and a representative from the Tasmanian Forest Industry Work Health and Safety Committee.

A steering committee was formed that represented a cross section of the industry.

Consultation included workshops in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart and the opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey and marked-up copies of the draft.  The approved Code has minor clarification edits since the exposure draft that was circulated to stakeholders for feedback.

Private Forests Tasmania invested more than $90,000 to update the Code in conjunction with Forico, STT, FIAT and SFM combined investment of $33,500.

View the updated Code here  (please note this won’t be in effect until it is gazetted on March 2, 2022).

The Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2007 remains in effect until March 2, 2022. Read more here.

Read more on the process of updating the Code here.