The 2017 annual GA was held in Budapest-Hungary and hosted by ABA Qualification Centre-Pandokrator. Elections were held for Board & Committee positions, Board discussions held & an overview of the continuing progress of ABA was provided by the President which included:
- Increased membership & qualification centres
- New high quality occupational safety standards
- Continuing success of the European Chainsaw Certification (ECC) & ECC at Heights
- Progress with the new European Tree Climbing Certification (ETC)
The Vet-Safety project was presented and the current status of the new European safety standards for work at heights discussed. Innovative research work included new information on forestry sector accident analysis in Spain and collaborative occupational safety & health research reports submitted from ABA members & partner organisations.