January 2022 - Revised FISA 806 following industry feedback and updated example photographs of forestry industry welfare provision
June 2021 - recent Q&As on remote working, male & female toilets, and Training course facilities. Also call for photos of suitable facility options by end September 2021.
October 2020 - Members have requested an editable Welfare provision form be added to this guide. Full leaflet with editable form and separate editable form can be downloaded below.
August 2020 - FISA 806 Welfare Guide – Feedback. Link below
April 2020 - Safety Bulletin prepared on Welfare Provision - additional advice. Link below.
Forestry workers often work in isolated and challenging locations and are expected to undertake difficult tasks to a professional standard. The provision of facilities for their general welfare has been required by law for over 20 years. The FISA Worksite Operations Working Group in consultation together with forestry safety professionals and the wider industry have produced the FISA 806 Welfare Safety Guide to assist duty holders to understand what the existing Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require. This FISA guide also gives clear examples of types of welfare provision that are considered reasonably practicable on forestry sites. These examples demonstrate how on larger/more complex sites welfare facilities can, as well as provision of welfare facilities, provided seated team discussion/ planning/training area/space to store site paperwork/provision of drying facilities.
This FISA guide is new to the forestry industry and will be released with request for feedback to FISA. Comments will be fed back to the Worksite Operations Working Group and the guide will be reviewed eighteen months after release. Having this review period will assist in getting the guide right for the industry; this is important as we want to encourage the industry to step forward and improve the approach to welfare provision on forestry sites.