8 August 2018 | Conference

9 August 2018 | FISC Workshop

Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

14 August 2018 | Safety Workshop

15 August 2018 | Conference

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.
Over 500 forestry contractors, managers, owners, health & safety leaders, harvest planners, transport operators and government representatives attended each of our last Safety Summits in 2015 and 2017.

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Event Details

#1 People and Culture

This will be our primary focus as it is a strong driver of safety improvement. Our keynote speaker for these sessions will be focused on how CEOs need to initiate and own changes in safety attitudes. Other speakers will continue with this theme on what drives culture change and how everyone in the workplace can benefit from learning from incidents in a informative and positive way.

#2 Technologies and Systems

At the same time as software is making safety administration easier, machinery technologies are changing fast at the leading edge of primary and extraction industries. Our focus is to bring the leaders with relevant experience In exciting new technologies can help us in forestry. Technologies from within (think Waratah’s developments on chainshot) and autonomous control from outside (think Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future at Pilbara) can be profitably adapted, adopted and successfully employed in forestry sector.

Event Dates & Locations

Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
8 August 2018 | Conference
9 August 2018 | FISC Workshop

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
14 August 2018 | Safety Workshop
15 August 2018 | Conference

Who will be Attending?

  • Forestry contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forestry owners
  • Forestry consultants
  • Health & safety leaders
  • Harvest planners
  • Transport operators
  • Government representatives

Event Programme

We are working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme.
If you have any questions about the programme, please contact John Stulen on john.stulen@fiea.org.nz or (+64) 7 921 1382.

Pre-Conference Networking Functions  –  7 August 2018, New Zealand | 14 August 2018, Australia

Conference –  8 August 2018, New Zealand | 15 August 2018, Australia

  • Safety culture in harvesting teams
  • Safety and productivity – how your crew can have both
  • Leadership and safety culture case studies
  • Contractor certification
  • Robotic technology and how this combats the risks of steep-slope harvesting
  • International forest safety experiences, case studies and best practice models
  • Health and safety initiatives around forestry and wood transport operations

Industry Workshops  –  9 August 2018, New Zealand | 14 August 2018, Australia

Download the PDF Programmes:
New Zealand Programme
Australia Programme

Pre-Conference Networking | Tues 7 August 2018

6:00pm - 7:00pmPre-Conference Registration open + Networking Drinks

Conference Day | Wed 8 August 2018

7:00amRegistration opens
7:45amWelcome from Conference Hosts
John Stulen, FIEA and Sheryl Dawson, McFall Fuels
SESSION 1: HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE - WHERE IS THE LEADING EDGE NOW?
8:00amKeynote Address: Getting Started with Safety: Why your Staff are the Best Solution
Jono Brent, CEO, Connetics
A case study from Connetics on how they revolutionised their company’s safety policies to make people the solution.
8:40amTaking a Leadership Role in Safety Technology
Dale Ewers, Director, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment
An update on the last 5 years, opening people’s minds to the possibilities and the goal for 2025, “Logging from afar!”
9:15amGrowing our Safety Culture: An Opportunity for Engaged Conversations
Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety
Creating a positive safety culture is recognised as an essential part of effective health and safety management. Conversations are at the heart of a strong health and safety culture; not only are they a way to convey commitment and caring for others, they are also a powerful way to understand, and improve, everyday health and safety outcomes. But how conversations are had can determine if they are effective. Speaking up isn’t always easy, but it’s crucial. Participating in a facilitated conversation provides an opportunity for people to honestly reflect their views.
10:00amCoffee Break + Networking
SESSION 2: SAFETY CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY: BRINGING SAFETY & PRODUCTIVITY POSITIVES TOGETHER
10:40amLong-term Sustainable Safety Culture – My sacred leadership through shared Experiences in Developing Capability and Capacity
Wiremu Edmonds, Safety Coach, Tuakiri Ltd
We are real people who provide real solutions to real issues that challenge safe working cultures and leadership in your business. Our vision is that every worker no matter the industry is given the tools, resources, leadership and team to return home to their families safe and sound at the end of every working day, shift, deployment, or contract. We build leadership capability and capacity by using a principle and value based framework. We prepare leaders for the realities of today and for the possibilities of what may happen tomorrow.
11:20amTechnology Solutions making Safety Processes Seamless and Smart
Randall Cameron, Managing Director, Mobile Mentor Australia
Mobiles: we all have one in our pocket but how many of us are truly leveraging its awesome capabilities to make our staff safer.
11:40amThe Effects of Mechanisation on our People
Paula Nordstrom, Director, Safe T Works Taupo
12:00pmTECH SOLUTIONS SESSION – Mobile Safety Technologies
Tech Updates from our Event Sponsors
12:15pmLunch & Networking
SESSION 3: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY?
1:15pmMinisterial Message from WorkSafe New Zealand
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Workplace Relations & Safety Minister
1:45pmPeople-Centred Outcomes
Lance Burdett, Founder, Warn International
With 22 years critical workplace safety experience including time as a crisis negotiator, protection officer, and emergency responder, Lance brings a unique approach to workplace health and safety. He combines an understanding of how psychology can be used to enhance safe practices, ways to mitigate dangers through teamwork, and personal resilience tips to boost energy and stay alert to risk.
2:25pmImplementing Safety II in the forest – Experiences from the Nelson Forests and their Contractors
Les Bak, Health & Safety Facilitator, Nelson Forests
Les’ presentation will be based around Safety II thinking and how to apply these concepts practically in the workplace to achieve learnings and reduce human factors that can result in human error. His presentation will also provide clear thinking around the difference between human error and human factors. Les will also share how culture is critical to Safety II thinking and the role of leaders to build this strong base for human factor understanding.
2:55pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
SESSION 4: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SAFETY CULTURE & 'EASY-TO-USE' TECHNOLOGY
3:25pmCase Studies in Safety culture and Technology
Chris Lindley, Founder & CEO, BraveGen and Lee Perry, FISC Field Auditor, Gale Contracting
Chris will talk about the process of working through the Safetree Contractor Certification process. Lee Perry from Gale Contracting and an experienced Safetree field auditor will cover what the field audit process entails.
As Gale Contracting was one of the first companies to attain certification Lee will also share his experiences from a contractor perspective as well. And Fiona Ewing, National Safety Director at the Forest Industry Safety Council will then join Chris and Lee for an audience Q&A session.
3:55pmProtecting distributed teams through hazard awareness
Rahul Watson Govindan, Group CEO, ThunderMaps
Tech Capabilities has advanced rapidly in recent years.
The forestry industry is relatively unique in terms of the challenges it faces, with distributed teams in dangerous environments. By using data we can mitigate the risks employees face. The data often exists, the challenge is to get it in front of people when they need it.
Specific hazard information in the forestry sector is crucial. With teams distributed through uncertain and changing environments in areas often outside of a company’s control, ensuring they are aware of various and ever-changing hazards is a challenge.
Often individuals or groups are aware of certain dangers, but fail to ensure this knowledge is passed on to others who might need it.
This technology has been applied to similar industries in New Zealand, specifically with OSPRI, who’s teams operate on large, private farms and other locations across the country.
4:15pmPast, Present and Future Issues in Workplace Impairment Testing
Errol Brain, Managing Director, The Drug Detection Agency
- Why we test ? (All about Health & Safety – everyone gets home safely AND legislative obligations under Health & Safety at Work Act)
- Testing statistics for 2017 – 115,000 tests in NZ (what is the forestry % of those, pass / fail rates and how they have improved in forestry over recent years, AND why we need to keep it up)
- What drugs we are seeing out there in the work place, what is happening overseas, what can we expect in NZ / Aus.
- Oral fluid testing – new Standard (Australia and NZ jointly) – what will that mean, what might change?
- Marijuana - Legalise / decriminalise / medicinal – how any of these might effect the industry.
4:35pmHow we can make this happen? Where to from here?
Speaker Panel Session
5:00pmFinal Networking Session + Refreshments & Canapes
6:30pmConference concludes

Post-Conference Workshop | Thurs 9 August 2018

FISC Workshop
FIEA conference delegates are invited to attend a half-day participation workshop organised by Forest Industry Safety Council on Thursday 9th August also at the Distinction Hotel.

Industry Workshop & Pre-Conference Function | Tues 14 August 2018

Industry Workshop
FIEA conference delegates are invited to attend a half-day participation industry workshop on Tuesday 14th August also at the Bayview Eden Hotel.
6:00pm - 7:00pmPre-Conference Registration open + Networking Drinks

Conference Day | Wed 15 August 2018

7:00amRegistration opens
7:45amWelcome from Conference Hosts
John Stulen, FIEA
SESSION 1: HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE - WHERE IS THE LEADING EDGE NOW?
8:00amKeynote Address: Growing our Safety Culture: An Opportunity for Engaged Conversations
Hillary Bennett, Director, Leading Safety
Creating a positive safety culture is recognised as an essential part of effective health and safety management. Conversations are at the heart of a strong health and safety culture; not only are they a way to convey commitment and caring for others, they are also a powerful way to understand, and improve, everyday health and safety outcomes. But how conversations are had can determine if they are effective. Speaking up isn’t always easy, but it’s crucial. Participating in a facilitated conversation provides an opportunity for people to honestly reflect their views.
8:40amTaking a Leadership Role in Safety Technology
Dale Ewers, Director, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment
An update on the last 5 years, opening people’s minds to the possibilities and the goal for 2025, “Logging from afar!”
9:20amLegislation won’t Grow and Enhance our Business, A Culture of Care will
Mavis Mullins, Director, PM Shearing
- Safety is a person - not an instruction
- Bottom up and Top down - not just top down
- Maui Moana model of governance - it needs diversity
- Welcome the Criticism - don’t shut it down
- Be open - not defensive or secretive
- Learn to Listen - 2 ears, 1 mouth
- Make it stick - not be all talk
- Get tech’d up - go to the youth for the new tools
10:00amCoffee Break + Networking
SESSION 2: SAFETY CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY: BRINGING SAFETY & PRODUCTIVITY POSITIVES TOGETHER
10:40amSpeed Up Industrial Culture Shifts: Tap into the Science and Art of Neuroplasticity
Steven Falk, Founder and President, Switchback
Leverage Human Engagement and Digital Technology through Live Training, E-learning, Data Collection and Reporting
11:20amTechnology Solutions making Safety Processes Seamless and Smart
Randall Cameron, Managing Director, Mobile Mentor Australia
Mobiles: we all have one in our pocket but how many of us are truly leveraging its awesome capabilities to make our staff safer.
11:35amSpeaker to be confirmed
12:00pmTECH SOLUTIONS SESSION – Mobile Safety Technologies
Tech Updates from our Event Sponsors
12:15pmLunch & Networking
SESSION 3: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY?
1:15pmThe State of Safety Leadership
Ben Carnell, Principal Consultant, Sentis Australia
When it comes to driving a positive safety culture and safety performance excellence, it’s hard to deny that strong, effective leadership is crucial. Yet, only 1 in 4 leaders demonstrate strong safety leadership behaviours, according to a recent study of 8747 employees across heavy industry. The implications for safety performance, compliance and reporting are concerning. This session will explore insights from the study and offer practical recommendations for organisations seeking to invest in safety leadership development.
1:55pmImplementing in the forest – Experiences in the Forest with Staff and Contractors
Adam Bowe, People & Risk Manager, OneFortyOne Plantations
How a regional forestry grouping has collectively created real change in safety and safety culture across the wood supply chain.
2:30pmTECH SOLUTIONS SESSION – Mobile Safety Technologies
Tech Updates from our Event Sponsors
3:00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
SESSION 4: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SAFETY CULTURE & 'EASY-TO-USE' TECHNOLOGY
3:30pmNavigating Contractor Certification Programmes
Chris Lindley, Founder & CEO, BraveGen and Lee Perry, Field Auditor, Gale Contracting
Chris will talk about the process of working through the Safetree Contractor Certification process. Lee Perry from Gale Contracting and an experienced Safetree field auditor will cover what the field audit process entails.
As Gale Contracting was one of the first companies to attain certification Lee will also share his experiences from a contractor perspective as well. And Fiona Ewing, National Safety Director at the Forest Industry Safety Council will then join Chris and Lee for an audience Q&A session.
4:00pmProtecting distributed teams through hazard awareness
Hans Corsten, GM Australia, Thundermaps
Tech Capabilities has advanced rapidly in recent years. The forestry industry is relatively unique in terms of the challenges it faces, with distributed teams in dangerous environments. By using data we can mitigate the risks employees face. The data often exists, the challenge is to get it in front of people when they need it.
Specific hazard information in the forestry sector is crucial. With teams distributed through uncertain and changing environments in areas often outside of a company’s control, ensuring they are aware of various and ever-changing hazards is a challenge.
Often individuals or groups are aware of certain dangers, but fail to ensure this knowledge is passed on to others who might need it. This technology has been applied to similar industries in New Zealand, specifically with OSPRI, who’s teams operate on large, private farms and other locations across the country.
4:20pmPast, Present and Future Issues in Workplace Impairment Testing
Errol Brain, Managing Director, The Drug Detection Agency
- Why we test ? (All about Health & Safety – everyone gets home safely AND legislative obligations under Health & Safety at Work Act)
- Testing statistics for 2017 – 115,000 tests in NZ (what is the forestry % of those, pass / fail rates and how they have improved in forestry over recent years, AND why we need to keep it up)
- What drugs we are seeing out there in the work place, what is happening overseas, what can we expect in NZ / Aus.
- Oral fluid testing – new Standard (Australia and NZ jointly) – what will that mean, what might change?
- Marijuana - Legalise / decriminalise / medicinal – how any of these might effect the industry.
4:40pmHow we can make this happen? Where to from here?
Speaker Panel Session
5:00pmFinal Networking Session + Refreshments & Canapes
6:30pmConference concludes
Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Event Supporters

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Forest Safety 2018 Conference will be a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest safety to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australian forestry companies. This is a major event for this regions forestry sector and the last event, back in 2017, attracted over 500 industry representatives.

Exhibition spaces at this event are at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits for Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2018, or upcoming FIEA technology programmes planned, please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022, gordon.thomson@fiea.org.nz.


Registration Rates


Please Note

  • All prices exclude 15% GST for the New Zealand event and 10% GST for the Australian event.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) member discounts of 10-25% apply on ALL listed Conference Rates. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on www.fiea.org.nz. Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to New Zealand credit card transactions and 2.2% for Australian credit card transactions.
  • The Association Rate is available to all Supporting Association Members. A list of Associations can be found via this link. A discount code is required and can be obtained by contacting your Association directly.
  • To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • The Pre-Conference Workshops can be selected when registering for the Conference. Only Conference Delegates can register for the workshops. Spaces are limited.
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations made on or before Thursday 31 May 2018, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.

Venues

Distinction Rotorua Hotel, NEW ZEALAND

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $170 Superior Room
  • $190 Deluxe Room
  • $250 Hotel Suites

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

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Bayview Eden Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

6 Queens Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure. Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and close to all Melbourne has to offer.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time:

  • $162 – Superior Queen or Twin Room only
  • $182 – Superior Queen or Twin Room with breakfast (extra breakfast + $20)

Accommodation rates include GST.

For reservations phone (+61) 3 9250 2222, email bayvieweden@bayviewhotels.com or book directly via the hotel website. Please state you are attending this conference when booking.

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Contact

FIEA

Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

  • Rotorua Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    Building X91, Sala Street,
    Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230,
    Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

  • Dunedin Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
    6 Liverpool Street,
    Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    PO Box 904,
    Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 3 470 1902


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