TTIA and TMA commit to joint workplace health and safety initiatives
IN A sign of further industry Association co-operation at a senior level in the timber products industry, Timber Trade Industrial Association (TTIA), the national federally registered association and provider of Industrial Relations and Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) services to the industry, has met with management of the Timber Merchants Association (TMA) in an historic move to co-ordinate a workplace health and safety campaign for Victorian Timber merchants.
The campaign will involve complimentary initial safety checks for Members followed by a comprehensive offer of safety audits and safety management systems at well below commercial rates.
The campaign will involve membership visits throughout the TMA membership area and strategic safety seminars where both Associations will outline the key safety messages in our industry and how to respond to incidents at the workplace.
Emma Watt, Manager, Industrial & Employee Relations, of the TMA, stated:
“This is a great opportunity for the two key registered Associations in the timber retail area to jointly co-operate and share services to support the push for better WHS practices in our sector. We see this latest development as driving a better safety culture in an important sector of the industry. We are attracted to the fact that TTIA has long term in-house staff in the safety field who know the industry and have the necessary expertise to drive a best practice safety culture in the retail/ merchant sector.”
From a TTIA viewpoint, it further establishes the TTIA WHS inhouse unit as an important national resource for timber employers, and further demonstrates the benefits of like-minded Associations working together on vital workplace issues.
It is particularly pleasing that the Associations agreed to invite key personnel to future Board meetings to further co-operation on key industry matters like workplace safety.
It’s a clear sign that co-operation between key industry associations no longer stops at the Murray River and the border.
Victorian timber merchants wanting to access this joint service are invited to contact Emma on 0411 708 073 or Brian at TTIA on 02 9264 0011.