Scope and application
2. This code applies to:
(a) all those organizations, whether legislative or advisory, whose activities
influence the safety, health and welfare of persons engaged in forestry work, as
appropriate to their function;
(b) all those individuals at the level of the enterprise or undertaking, i.e.
employers, persons in control of premises, workers, service contractors and
self-employed persons, as appropriate to their duties and responsibilities for
safety and health;
(c) all forestry activities, including the establishment and regeneration of forests,
silvicultural work and forest protection, timber harvesting and transportation.
3. The provisions of this code should be considered as minimum
requirements and are not intended to replace applicable laws, regulations or
accepted standards laying down higher requirements. More stringent applicable
requirements should have priority over the provisions in this code.
4. The protection of workers in radioactively contaminated worksites is an
important issue beyond the scope of this code. Scientific expertise on safety and
health practice is currently limited and should be encouraged so that adequate
protection standards can be developed. Forest workers should obtain proper
information regarding radioactive contamination in affected forest areas, and they
should be supplied with and wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and
be provided with dosimeters. Managers and supervisors should endeavour to reduce
possible risks and hazards to workers. Special personal hygiene facilities for
disactivation and treatment of personal protective equipment and tools should be
available at the worksite, and regular medical examinations and preventive
treatment should be provided to workers in accordance with legal regulations and
5. The code contains references to those institutions responsible for the
provision, delivery and award of vocational qualifications. Such institutions are
urged to review existing curricula in the light of the code's recommendations for
training and the allocation of worksite responsibilities.