Health & Safety and Environment
Scottish Woodlands is accredited to OHSAS 18001 and is a founder member of the Forest Industry Safety Accord.
We take health and safety very seriously and nowhere more so than in timber harvesting. We recognize that this is a high hazard industry, and therefore our systems have evolved to minimise risk wherever possible. We do this by only engaging competent contractors with the right equipment.
The environment we work in includes steep ground, windblow, complex machinery and tree felling – we need to keep the people involved as safe as we can.
For health and safety and environment we believe that effective training is needed for both staff and operatives in the supply chain. We run courses on aspects such as Water Quality, Emergency Preparedness, Pollution Control, Risk Assessments and species and habitat protection.
Our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System has been designed to maximise the amount of site planning that goes into each timber operation.
We only fell and thin where the Statutory permissions have been obtained, and checks for species such as Badgers, Otters, Bats, birds of prey, and special habitats such as SSSIs and SACs take place ahead of the work starting.
We pay particular attention to the Forest and Water Guidelines, and the various National legislations on Water, such as the Controlled Activities Regulations in Scotland.
- The SWL Forest Biosecurity Poster is available to view/download here. (707KB)