The Forestry Safety Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSANL) will host their 4th Annual Health and Safety Symposium in Gander on April 23, 2015.

Building on the success of its previous three Symposiums, which provided an exceptional opportunity for industry leaders to network, learn and demonstrate their commitment to health and safety in the forestry industry, FSANL is pleased to deliver another engaging agenda. The event is FREE and anyone wishing to attend can register at the Albatross Hotel in Gander at 8:30 a.m. on April 23.

This year’s Symposium boasts an impressive program of presenters who will examine health and safety issues in the province’s forestry industry.

Rick Donato, Senior Safety Manager with Major’s Logging Limited, will present on the Leadership and Safety challenges unique to the forestry industry. Jim Peyton with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will remind the delegates about the hazards when working around power lines, particularly when using snowmobiles and ATVs. And Leslie Galway, Chief Executive Officer of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, will reflect on the current status of the forestry industry and the province as a whole.

Through the efforts of FSANL, the industry is becoming more aware of occupational health and safety requirements and issues. ”Symposiums such as this one,” says Dion Newman, Executive Director with FSANL, “will continue to provide our members with relevant and timely information to assist them in the prevention of workplace incidents. My family and I know first‐hand how devastating a workplace accident can be, and that awareness is the first step in prevention.” Newman will be sharing his personal story.

Other sessions will focus on emergency communications, the importance of first aid knowledge in the forestry industry, and practical tips to prevent soft tissue injuries.

FSANL is a not‐for‐profit corporation, formed in 2009 by the forestry industry to assist members, forestry employers and workers with the reduction of human, social, economic and environmental losses as a result of work related incidents.

For further information, please contact Dion Newman, FSANL Executive Director ( at 709.388.0374 or Jackie Manuel (, FSANL Chief Operating Officer at 709.739.7000, 1‐888‐681‐SAFE (7233).