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Safetree Certified Contractor Register
Use the register to search for the names and contact details of Safetree Certified Contractors.
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- See information on signing into the Online Register
- See information on how to do a desktop audit
- See information on how to request a field audit
The benefits of certification
Watch Hiki Ellis from Ellis Silviculture Contractor, Jessie Bourke from Logic Forest Solutions, and Robert Stubbs from Stubbs Contracting talking about why they got certified, and why they recommends other contractors do the same.
Find out more about Contractor Certification
Why get certified?
For contractors, certification demonstrates your professionalism to clients. It provides a benchmark that your 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 you 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 an online assessment and a field audit. The criteria in the assessment and field audit are based on industry good practice. The field audit is done by an accredited Safetree auditor of the contractor's choice. The field audit focuses on observations of the work environment and questioning of workers in the field. The auditor will identify any improvements that should be made at the time of the audit. Certified contractors are added to a searchable register on the Safetree website.
How are contractors assessed?
The online assessment covers:
- Insurance certificates
- Incident statistics
- Employment advice.
The field audit covers:
- Risk management
- Leadership and engagement
- Employment conditions
- Critical risks
- Health risks
- Forest practices.
What is the investment?
Lower Fees Previously $695+GST, this year the cost of Safetree Certification has been lowered to $400+GST for Contractors. Why is it cheaper this year? Safetree Certification is not-for-profit, and funding secured from the Forest Growers Levy Trust and ACC in 2022 subsidies the annual cost to Contractors. The cost of the field audit is variable depending on the auditor you are allocated and their travel expenses. But an indicative cost for a full day is between $1,400 and $2,000. The audit is required every two years.
The following resources may help with preparation for certification.
- Safetree Contractor Certification Guidance [663KB PDF]
- Safetree Field Audit [975KB PDF]. The paper version of the Field Audit.
- Safetree Audit- PART 4 - NES Environmental - Harvesting and Roading [189KB PDF]
- Employment Test [316KB PDF]. Helps you understand if your worker should be receiving employee entitlements and provides advice about what those entitlements are.
- Employment Standards Self Questionnaire [1MB PDF]. A detailed assessment that provides assurance that all employment conditions are being met. Not mandatory for certification but may be asked for where employment standards fall short in the field audit.
- Competency Matrix [111KB PDF]. Can be used to provide evidence to satisfy crew competency requirements.
Who can do the field audit?
Field audits must be conducted by a Safetree Approved Field Auditor. Field auditors have been approved as having met the following criteria:
- NZQA National Certificate in safety or equivalent [331KB PDF]
- Relevant forestry experience
- Auditing experience
- Attended a Safetree Field Auditor Workshop
- Signed the Code of Conduct [67KB PDF]
Field Auditors are required to act professionally, confidentially, and without bias. They are not for example allowed to “sell” products or services and must declare conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest would include, for example, a forest owner’s auditor certifying their own contractor.
Safetree Certification Governance
Safetree Certification is governed by the FISC Council, according to Certification Rules developed by the FISC Council and Kensington Swan. Any issues or complaints should be raised with John Lowe, FISC Project Manager, in the first instance. John can be contacted on M: 021 164 8036 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org Where relevant, issues can be escalated to Joe Akari, FISC CEO, via email@example.com