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Forestry workforce

8.1Health and safety


There shall be:

  1. Compliance with health and safety legislation.
  2. Conformance with associated codes of practice.
  3. Contingency plans for any accidents.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Field observation that health and safety legislation and codes of practice are being implemented
  • Discussions with staff and contractors demonstrate that they are aware of relevant requirements and have access to appropriate AFAG codes of practice
  • Contracts specifying health and safety requirements
  • Records maintained and up to date (e.g. accident book, site risk assessments, chemical record book, tree safety reports)
  • System to ensure that anyone working in the woodland has had relevant instruction in safe working practice and that the appropriate number has had training in basic first aid and, where relevant, holds a certificate of competence
  • Procedure for monitoring compliance with safety requirements (written for larger organisations) and for dealing with situations where safety requirements are not met.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • Documented health and safety policy and consideration of issues in all procedures and work instructions
  • Evidence of a systematic approach to accident prevention.


Workers include employees, contractors and volunteer labour.

See also section 8.2.1.

Advice to owners/managers

With respect to health and safety, it is important for owners/managers to be aware of their legal responsibilities in regard to fulfilling one or more of the relevant management roles of:

  1. Landowner.
  2. Forestry works manager (FWM).
  3. Forestry work supervisor (FWS).
  4. Contractor.
  5. Subcontractor/operator.