Focus on contractor certification for 2018

Contractor certification will be a major focus for our industry this year and with a lot of enquires about how this will work, now is a good opportunity to bring everyone up to speed with the latest information.

 

To date, 186 companies have expressed interest in joining the contractor certification scheme and from that total 95 companies have moved onto the next stage, with 28 of them at the field audit stage.

 

If contractors have applied but not heard anything back, don’t panic – BraveGen, which is contract managing the system, is in the process of following up with all companies that have expressed interest.

 

Why become certified?

For contractors, certification demonstrates their professionalism to clients. It provides a benchmark that their health and safety systems can be designed to and means everyone is held to the same standards.

For forest owners and managers, using certified contractors provides an assurance that the companies they hire are competent to do the job.

For workers, the scheme will lead to improved health and safety and employment conditions. The scheme was designed in consultation with the regulator, WorkSafe, and with extensive input from the industry.

 

What’s involved in becoming certified?

To become certified, contractors need to complete a web-based assessment and a field audit. The criteria in the assessment and field audit are based on industry good practice.

Contractors get support to do the web assessment from BraveGen, which runs the online assessment. The field audit is done by an accredited Safetree auditor of the contractor’s choice...

 

 

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