New Zealand forest owners and forestry contractors are continually
striving for improved safety and productivity. By collecting and analysing incident
data the forestry industry is able to build a picture of the type, frequency and
severity of incidents and identify the key contributing causes. This measurement
and analysis has allowed targeted safety initiatives to be developed and their effectiveness
monitored. The IRIS system also allows contributors to benchmark their health and
safety performance against industry averages.
IRIS has a high degree of flexibility. Users can add incident records
individually or upload multiple records using a bulk upload facility. Information
is collected for a wide range of events – from Serious Harm through to Near Hits
and Property Damage. Likewise, incident records can be exported allowing member
companies to analyse both their data and industry data. Importantly, when industry
data is exported, the information is aggregated so that individuals and companies
cannot be identified. Access to add, edit, view and export incident data is via
IRIS members are also able to upload Safety Alerts. Industry and
casual visitors to the website have access to these safety ‘heads-ups’, which are
intended to keep forestry stakeholders informed of the facts surrounding accidents
or serious near hits and emerging incident trends.
If you are interested in contributing to IRIS or would like more
information, please contact Carolyn Andersen (DDI +64 7 343 5630).