12.1 Operational Requirements
12.2 Chainsaws and Machines
To conform with relevant legislation regarding fire prevention associated with harvesting operations.
To reduce the incidence of forest fires and damage to forests
and/or other areas caused by such fires.
In times of high fire risk, as determined by the Forest Authority Officer or other authorities, the following should be observed:
reference should be made to Sections 706-732 of the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forest Work;
operations should cease if conditions become extreme;
machinery must be clear of surplus oil and accumulations of vegetative material around surfaces that will become heated;
refuelling should only be carried out in areas where no flammable materials are within 3 m of the machine;
all welding activity should be done at least 3 m away from flammable materials;
no fire must be left unattended in the forest;
fires for cooking or other purposes shall only be lit in areas where a 3-m radius has been cleared of flammable material around the fire;
all fires must be completely out before leaving a harvesting area;
training related to fire risk and control should be provided for all workers;
fire suppression equipment should be provided in areas of high fire risk.
All chainsaws and machines should be fitted with functioning fire screen/spark arrestors prior to the fire season.