Report Year Archives: 1996

Occupational Health And Safety Management Systems And Training In The Forest Products Industry

Occupational Health And Safety Management Systems And Training In The Forest Products Industry

Last year, in NSW forest products industries, there were 8,107 weeks lost due to work related accidents at a gross incurred cost of $17.5 million. This statistic only reflects accidents incurring 5 days or more lost time. In addition, the recognised ratio of indirect to direct costs varies between 1:3 and 1:7. Collectively the cost of workplace injures throughout Australia is astronomical.

The Potential For Biological Control Of Staining Fungi During Log Storage

The Potential For Biological Control Of Staining Fungi During Log Storage

Fungal stain is wood is caused by the presence of fungi growing on the surface or within the wood. The presence of stain in timber can severely reduce the appearance value of timber and can result in loss of revenue for sawmills processing timber with the stain problem. One sawmill in Victoria lost $5 million in the downgrade of timber due to the stain problem during a one year period. Methods of control of fungal stain in timber include management under water sprinkles, use of chemical preservatives, and biological control.

Initiatives And Programs Used To Teach And Promote Timber At The University Level – A North American Study Tour

Initiatives And Programs Used To Teach And Promote Timber At The University Level – A North American Study Tour

Sections of the Australian Timber Industry have  at last realised that the industry’s future success is inextricably  linked to the commitment it makes now to education, and in this regard, a number of specific educational policies and programs are currently being set in place. To assist in this process, this Gottstein Fellowship was sought to visit the United States and Canada to investigate and document the initatives and programs used in these countries to teach and promote timber at the university level.