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Health and Safety

Health and safety is an important part of the working lives of all FC employees and is taken equally seriously by both the Trade Unions and the Management. In this section of the website we will be hoping to keep all members informed on current health and safety issues and developments.

On the right is a link to the HSE's Arboricultural & Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) from which you can access the AFAG guides as well as reports on health and safety issues within the Industry. There is also a link to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) page from which you can get advice on health and safety law relating to both employers and employees as well as up to date news on legal developments.

For further information on health and safety issues please speak to one of our health and safety coordinators listed on the right, or contact Bruce Hamilton.



Workers' Memorial Day 2015 16th March 2015

On 28th April 2015, the FC Trade Unions will mark Workers' Memorial Day. Every year, on this day, trade unions and workplace health and safety campaigners all over the world focus on the issue of workers' health and safety. This commemorates those who have tragically died at work and promotes safer working conditions for the living.

While recognised worldwide, this date is chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the USA and commemorates the day of a construction accident in Connecticut that claimed 28 lives.

In marking this day, ‘Safe Jobs Save Lives’ is therefore the message being conveyed and is included in a poster produced by FCTU.

Update on Health & Safety Strategy 11th March 2014

Following the launch of the new strategy, the FC carried out an extensive feedback exercise to gather views on how we could improve the way we manage health and safety, and the issues that must be addressed. The feedback has identified four main areas where people felt improvements could be made, and the Strategy Group, on which FCTU sit have agreed action to take as a result. Click here to view an update briefing from FCTU Secretary.

FC Health & Safety Strategy Launched 2nd July 2013

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recently highlighted that the forest industry is one of the most dangerous UK sectors to work in. Although the FC has always taken health and safety very seriously, we have to do more to make sure health and safety is part of everything we do - and everyone has a part to play whether in an operational role or if working in the office most of the time.

Over the forthcoming weeks teams across the FC will view a short film about the strategy and staff will have the opportunity to discuss what they think the issues are, and feed into some of the work that's taking place locally.

The strategy can be viewed here along with a high level action plan.

The Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) 29th January 2013

Representatives from the leading industry organisations have joined together to form the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA), which sets out the industry commitment agreed by each organisation to raise the standards of health, safety and welfare in the workplace. Contact the FCTU Office for login details for the website.

Help make the FC a safer place to work 10th January 2013

Click here to view a brefing from Allan MacKenzie, FCTU Secretary on how you can help make the Forestry Commission a safer place to work. The FCTU are urging union members in the FC to rise to the challenge of making this organisation, and where possible the wider forestry industry, the safest place to work, by becoming a Health & Safety representative.