ABA Qualification Centre: Fito-consult of Italy hosted a 5 day assessor training event held at the European School of Varese during late November. New machinery assessors participated in pilot testing sessions related to the safe use of mobile elevating work platforms & subsequent verification of the new European standards. This is the second new machinery qualification under development by ABA technical specialists & Vet-Safety project team further developments are planned for 2017.
ABA members & partners successfully hosted the 1st new forestry & arboriculture research conference at Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic during early September. The conference abstracts and proceedings can be found here. The unique 2 day conference featured distinguished researchers & speakers from:
- Great Britain
A brief overview can be seen here
Following the conference and an update on progress of the current Vet-Safety project the annual ABA General Assembly was held. Highlights included:
- Presidents report on increased membership & qualifications awarded, increased recognition of ABA awards, new developments within ABA and event scheduling for 2017 etc
- Vice-Presidentís presentation of the ABA chainsaw assessor award to the instructor representing new ABA members from Slovakia
- Appointments of the 1st Chairs of the new qualification technical committees respectively Mr Bo Brockmann-University of Copenhagen and Mr Pavel Nevrkla-Mendel University
The next ABA assessor training events will be held in Czech Republic during October and in Italy during November. Further information can be obtained via the Secretariat.
ABA members & Vet-Safety project members returned to Denmark recently for continuation training of potential ABA chainsaw assessors. Many participants were already holders of the European Chainsaw Certificate having qualified in previous training events. 5 days of intensive training also included tree climbing & aerial use of chainsaws (includes the new European Chainsaw Qualification), use of winching equipment and remote 1st aid training.
Participants undertook assessor training, supervised assessments and verification under observation by experienced ABA members representing industry & awarding bodies. The successful newly qualified ABA assessors received their certificates prior to enjoying the midsummer celebrations. Assessors that successfully met the standards represent the following countries where ABA chainsaw qualifications are available:
- Czech Republic
A number of other chainsaw instructors have also progressed to reach the next stages of assessor training & evaluation at upcoming events. More information is available via the Secretariat.
Another successful skills event has recently been undertaken in Slovenia hosted by ABA awarding body members SGLS Postojna. The event included training & assessment in chainsaw & tree climbing skills which involved over 25 participants and support staff from ABA International. The new European chainsaw safety at heights qualification-A2 was successfully completed by some of the candidates & results appraised for the Erasmus + Vet-Safety project during the 3-day event. Assessor workshops were also undertaken & new ABA skills assessors were trained and evaluated during the event.