HVP and AFCA en­dorse­ments see more com­pa­nies adopt FOLS

Australian Forests and Timber - - SAFETY SUMMIT -

SEV­ERAL FORESTRY con­tract­ing busi­nesses have com­pleted a move over to FOLS fol­low­ing the ini­tia­tives of HVP Plan­ta­tions (HVP) and the Aus­tralian For­est Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (AFCA), who re­cently en­dorsed FOLS.

The fol­low­ing busi­nesses have of­fi­cially signed on all of their op­er­a­tors to the skills ver­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gram.

Aus­tim­ber Har­vest­ing Gipp­s­land

Forestry Ser­vices Log­ging Pty Ltd

Gal­zon Log­ging

Re­treev Pty Ltd

Richards Har­vest­ing & Haulage

All five com­pa­nies un­der­take work for HVP Plan­ta­tions, which last year en­dorsed FOLS as their pre­ferred tool to man­age op­er­a­tors’ high risk com­pe­ten­cies.

John Dod­son, HVP’s Hu­man Re­sources Gen­eral Man­ager, said a fur­ther 13 forestry con­tract­ing busi­nesses were also well ad­vanced in the process of mov­ing their op­er­a­tors on to FOLS, which will see a to­tal of 18 con­tract­ing busi­nesses with over 140 op­er­a­tors mov­ing over to FOLS in a six month pe­riod.

“HVP has as­sisted con­trac­tors fi­nan­cially and by work­ing one-on-one with them to bring their train­ing and cur­rency records on to FOLS.

“With FOLS, we now have a con­sis­tent and ac­ces­si­ble tool for work­ing with con­trac­tors on their train­ing and work­place health and safety re­quire­ments,” said Dod­son.

The first HVP con­trac­tor to com­plete their tran­si­tion to FOLS was Aus­tim­ber, which is also a mem­ber of AFCA.

Ian Reid, Di­rec­tor of Aus­tim­ber and for­mer Chair­man of the AFCA Board, said he was very pleased with the ser­vice FOLS pro­vided the busi­ness.

“In a world where sys­tems and pro­cesses tend to be made more com­pli­cated it is pleas­ing to see a sys­tem be­come avail­able that is easy and sim­ple to use. It is such an ef­fec­tive sys­tem for man­ag­ing the skills of em­ploy­ees and sup­port­ing safety in the work­place.

“A key ben­e­fit is how it has helped us to man­age risk. Through FOLS we are able to quickly know who is trained and skilled to un­der­take par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Reid.

AFCA be­came ad­vo­cates of FOLS last year, sign­ing an agree­ment with ForestWorks to pro­vide their mem­bers with dis­counted FOLS fees.

Diana Lloyd, Gen­eral Man­ager of ForestWorks, said the in­ter­est in FOLS had in­creased fol­low­ing the en­dorse­ment by HVP and AFCA.

“Word is spread­ing about the ben­e­fits of FOLS and we are pleased to see so many busi­nesses get­ting be­hind the ini­tia­tive.

“We are com­mit­ted to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing FOLS, to pro­vide a na­tional plat­form for in­dus­try to demon­strate their safe prac­tice stan­dards and pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” said Lloyd.

FOLS is a na­tional in­dus­tryled pro­gram, man­aged by ForestWorks. For more in­for­ma­tion about the FOLS Skills Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram, visit fols.forestworks.com.au

Aus­tim­ber Op­er­a­tor Michael Jor­dan with Stephen Wentworth from HVP.

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