The model WHS Regulations have duties that apply to forestry work. This includes managing risks of powered mobile plant, hazardous manual tasks and falls from height.
As a PCBU, you must, so far as is reasonably practicable:
- ensure the health and safety of workers and others at your workplace
- consult with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking and who are (or are likely to be) directly affected by a health and safety matter, and
- consult cooperate and coordinate activities with all other relevant duty holders.
You must, so far as is reasonably practicable, eliminate or minimise risks associated with forestry work. This involves:
- identifying hazards—find out what could go wrong and what could cause harm.
- assessing risks if necessary—understand the harm each hazard could cause, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of it happening.
- controlling risks—implement the most effective control measures that are reasonably practicable in the circumstances.
- reviewing control measures to ensure they are working as planned.
Forestry operations hazards include:
- hazardous manual tasks
- exposure to chemicals
- falling objects
- falls from height
- the operation of plant and equipment, and
- working alone or in remote areas.
Model Codes of Practice
- Forestry operations guidance material
- Cable logging
- Plant and equipment for forestry operations
- Managing the risks of machinery in rural workplaces.
- Guide to managing risks of tree trimming and removal work