Health, safety and wellbeing
Forestry is serious work. That's why we’re committed to making it safe and responsible. To us, that means looking after our employees' health, safety and wellbeing. It also means caring for those we work with, our visitors and the communities we work in.
We want to be an example to all organisations working in the forest environment. We take pride in our health, safety and welfare culture. In Forestry and Land Scotland we aim to:
- Eliminate work accidents for National Forest Estate workers
- Sustain a healthy working environment that supports physical and mental health
- Promote healthier lifestyles, benefitting workforce health
- Foster a strong health, safety and welfare culture with those we work with
- Reduce public accidents from recreational forest use
Protecting forestry workers
Forestry is a high risk industry. Every year workers are killed or injured at work. Lots more suffer from work-related illness. We want to reduce this impact on workers. We’re founder members of FISA, the forestry industry’s safety body. We work with our FISA partners to promote successful health safety management, develop good practice guidance and help drive sector improvements.
Looking after our staff
We care deeply about our staff and recognise the importance of taking a proactive approach to improving their health and wellbeing at work. We’re driving forward an ambitious improvement programme that puts health, safety and wellbeing at the heart of our organisation. We work in partnership with staff and trade unions through a network of Scottish safety committees. This empowers employees to actively take part in improving standards.
Caring for visitors
We want all our visitors to go home safe and well. Using the Visitor Safety in the Countryside Guiding principles we will provide opportunities for members of the public to enjoy woodlands safely, without impacting their sense of freedom and adventure.
Throughout our site you’ll find practical, common sense guidance on keeping yourself safe in the forest. We’ll tell you about significant work in our forests and what you need to do to avoid danger.
For our workers, you’ll find industry guidance on the FISA and HSE websites. We’ll also publish our own guidance to support everyone working in the forest
- Read, watch and download our resources on tick awareness for outdoor workers or read our Check for Ticks guide if you are visiting our forests.
- Watch an introduction to forest safety for workers (YouTube)
- Watch managing woodland access and forestry operations in Scotland (YouTube)
- See how we talk to visitors about forestry works and their safety