Originally established in 1963, the New Brunswick Forest Safety Association served the forest industry for 20 years. However, with the then newly formed Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), the industry felt it no longer needed its own safety association.
Disbanded in 1982, a renewed interest in restarting the association arose due to an increase in severe accidents and deaths in the forest industry over recent years. The lack of affordable, quality safety training initiated members of the industry’s sawmills (SIC code 2512) to re-activate the association 20 years after it had closed its doors.
In the fall of 2005, the New Brunswick Forest Safety Association re-opened and in December 2005 it delivered its first courses. The New Brunswick Forest Safety Association continues to work hard to serve its members, and with no signs of slowing down, the association aspires to carry on developing new and relevant programs to further enhance the health and safety programs of our industry.
The New Brunswick Forest Safety Association endeavours to create a positive, proactive safety culture within the forest industry of New Brunswick. Our goal is to significantly reduce the occurrence of workplace accidents through safety training and education such that the forest industry of New Brunswick stands as a national leader in their collective commitment to, and their practice of, effective preventative workplace health and safety programs.
To provide health and safety training to the forest industry workers of New Brunswick, and to provide industries with the tools and information needed to facilitate compliance with the Regulations supporting the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Workers Compensation Act.
It is the primary objective of the New Brunswick Forest Safety Association is to save lives and prevent injuries; encouraging New Brunswick forest industries to become independently more efficient and collectively more viable.