Forestry Specialists – Update meeting 10 March 2016

10 February 2016

IOSH Rural Industries Group (RIG) has arranged its second networking event for ‘front-line’ forestry specialists.  This ‘Update on the forestry sector’ is also open to non-members of IOSH/RIG.  It is being held at the Environment Agency’s offices in Penrith, Cumbria, on 10 March 2016. There is only a minimal charge of £12 towards lunch and refreshments but spaces are restricted so priority will be given to those involved directly in the forestry industry. Full details and booking arrangements are available in the event flyer. 

This second event follows the initial ‘Forestry Workshop’ held at Cannock in December 2014, when the presentations and discussions amongst delegates highlighted that the forestry working environment (and h&s specialists working within it) face different challenges to other industries and it is not often well-represented in more general safety and health presentations, because it is a relatively small industry sector.

As a consequence, delegates asked IOSH to establish a specialist ‘networking group’ as part of RIG and proposed topics for a series of further meetings. In response, this second event will provide updates from leading stakeholder groups in forestry safety (including HSE, FISA and leading companies in the sector), on a range of current and emerging safety and health issues. Presentations will focus on:

  • CDM 2015  - application to forestry (including welfare issues)
  • steep ground working – review of incidents, latest developments and techniques
  • slips and trips – control in the forest environment
  • ticks and tick-borne infections - emerging new risks
  • reducing risk through near-miss reporting - learning through case studies

This event is also intended to promote and encourage group discussion in order to draw on the collective experience of delegates. It will conclude with an open forum to review and agree ‘hot’ topics for future meetings of the group.

Attending this event will provide an uncommon opportunity to network with other safety professionals from the forestry industry, and will contribute to your CPD portfolio.  To book a place, go to the IOSH Events page.

Delegates were also keen to encourage and enable networking between meetings, by sharing individual members’ interests and expertise and creating a means to enable this. RIG Committee have considered how best to facilitate this and a restricted membership ‘Linked-In’ group is proposed.  It is hoped to launch this at the event on 10 March.

If you are interested in joining the Forestry Specialists Networking Group but are unable to attend this event, or wish to send suggestions for further meetings, please inform convenor John Ireland at: john.ireland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk .