Australasian Timber

TTIA and TMA commit to joint workplace health and safety initiative­s

- Chief Executive Officer Timber Trade Industrial Associatio­n

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.

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