FSANL History

FSANL History
  • The idea of Sectoral Safety Councils has been around since the 1990s.
  • The concept is simple: A better overall safety performance can be expected if a given industrial sector develops its own safety standards, practices and management systems, rather than having it come from external sources.
  • Under the guidance of WHSCC, Government Services (OHS), the Employers Council and the Federation of Labour, the NL Construction Safety Association was formed in 1996.
  • The concept proved to be extremely successful with a significant reduction in accidents over time, while at the same time, experiencing a significant increase in the construction industry workforce.
  • With this model to follow, forestry was targeted as the next Sector to come on board.
  • July 2008 - Forest Industry Governance Committee formed.
  • July 2009 - The Forest Safety Association of Newfoundland and Labrador became incorporated.

Many employers still consider safety programs as a cost.  However, the articles found below provide a different perspective on this. They are definitely worth a read!

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Safety is good business – Plain and Simple!

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