WorkSafe defers ACoP re­view

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A PROMISED RE­VIEW OF THE FOR­EST OP­ER­A­TIONS AP­PROVED Code of Prac­tice, bet­ter known in the in­dus­try as ACOP, has been put back un­til later in the year.

WorkSafe was to have made an ear­lier start on up­dat­ing the im­por­tant forestry safety guide­lines, but it says that won’t hap­pen un­til the lat­ter part of 2017.

Along­side In­dus­try Best Prac­tice Guides and guid­ance, ACOP is re­garded as an im­por­tant source of WorkSafe’s ex­pec­ta­tions of safe work prac­tices in the New Zealand com­mer­cial for­est har­vest­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The ACOP un­der­went a sig­nif­i­cant re­view lead­ing up to a re­vised edi­tion be­ing re­leased in 2012 and at that time the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment com­mit­ted to a fur­ther re­view within five years.

Last year, the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced sweep­ing changes to New Zealand’s health and safety land­scape through the Health & Safety at Work Act.

Some reg­u­la­tions as­so­ci­ated with the new Act are still in de­vel­op­ment and these may im­pact on the na­ture and con­tent of any re­vised For­est Op­er­a­tions ACOP.

In ad­di­tion, since 2012 the for­est in­dus­try has, with the support of WorkSafe, es­tab­lished the For­est In­dus­try Safety Coun­cil (FISC). FISC is tak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant lead­er­ship role in the sec­tor. WorkSafe is com­mit­ted to en­gag­ing closely with FISC on the process of any re­view of the For­est Op­er­a­tions ACOP, and on the na­ture and con­tent of any re­vised Code.

WorkSafe says that in view of the un­cer­tain­ties cre­ated by the roll­out of the HSWA Reg­u­la­tions, and its de­sire to work with FISC on a re­view of the ACOP, it has de­cided to de­fer its sched­uled re­view and is “un­likely to be­gin con­sid­er­ing the re­view un­til the lat­ter part of 2017”.

It will, how­ever, con­tinue to de­velop and re­lease guid­ance and doc­u­ments in re­sponse to cur­rent is­sues.


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