2015 Health and Safety Conference | FSANL

On April 23, 2015 FSANL was pleased to have held its 4th annual Forestry Safety Symposium. We had a great time meeting at the Albatross Hotel in Gander with 67 delegates attending. This was the biggest turn out we have had to date and we will continue to build on this in the future.

Again this year we had a great lineup of guest speakers who entertained us while at the same time dispensed some very valuable safety information.

Our conference was opened by our Chairman Cory Chubbs who shared a safety moment on the dangers of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.

Joe Russell, Training Specialist and Fire Management Coordinator with the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency spoke about the importance of communications during an emergency situation and how the communications are set up during a forest fire. He shared with us some of his experiences on different forest fires both on and off the island.  He has travelled throughout Canada and the United States responding to different fires.

Rick Donato, Senior Safety Manager with Major’s Logging Limited shared with us some of the unique challenges facing the forestry sector from safety stand point. He spoke about safety through the ages as to where we came from and where we are going. His message was simple; make safety real, not just looking good on paper. We have to get in there and practice what we preach. Having a safety policy on paper doesn’t save a life, enforcing it does.

Leslie Galway, CEO with WHSCC spoke during lunch and provided us with an update on the status of health and safety in our industry. We have come a long way over the years and we still have work to do but we are moving in the right direction.
Gary Tuff, Independent Safety Consultant talked about the importance of first aid on the job site. He stressed the importance of being able to know what to do in event of an emergency because it can happen at any time. As well the training can also be used in every part of our daily lives. First aid doesn’t change from work, home or play. Gary also gave an interactive demonstration on the proper way to use an AED and debunked some of the myths surrounding it.

Cheryl Osbourne, Health and Safety Advisor with WHSCC gave us an update on the musculoskeletal injury (MSI) rate in the province. Cheryl along with our past executive director Roy Foster visited several forestry companies and conducted a survey on ergonomics and MSI injuries and prevention. She gave us an update on the study that was done and informed the delegates that she is available to all companies at any time to do more analysis and help improve ergonomics in their workplaces.

Jim Peyton, Safety and Environmental Coordinator with Newfoundland Hydro delivered a very informative session on the importance of safety on the provinces transmission lines. He explained how in Newfoundland and Labrador we use the transmission lines as roadways for our ATV and snowmobiles and the hazards involved in doing that. There are many things that pose hazards that most of us never think about while on the transmission lines. Jim opened a lot of eyes to those hazards with his presentation.

We had a great day meeting with all of our delegates and getting to know them through the course of the conference. I would like to thank our sponsors, speakers and delegates for making this the biggest and best safety conference FSANL has hosted. At the end of the conference we collected the evaluation forms you filled out and there was an overwhelming positive response to the conference. We have taken your suggestions and have already begun work in preparing for next year’s conference. I know that it will continue to grow as we move forward. Remember that this is YOUR Association; we are here to help you achieve greatness in all aspects of your business. The process is simple, it all starts with safety. Morale, production, and profits will follow.

Thank you for your commitment to health and safety in our industry. Together we can make the difference.

Thank You to Our Symposium Sponsors

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