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Dealing with Hazards and Risk Assessment in Path Construction (Paths for All)
Factsheet providing detailed guidance about hazard identification and risk assessment for path construction projects. The guide outlines how to identify hazards and assess their risk. It explains how risk assessment is a crucial health and safety tool and outlines the five steps to risk assessment.

Health and Safety in Path Construction - An Overview (Paths for All)
Factsheet highlighting the relevant health and safety legislation and their requirements and implications relating to path construction projects.

Managing woodland access and forest operations in Scotland (Forestry Commission Scotland Practice Note)

The Forestry Commission Scotland has recently published a Practice Note providing guidance to help landowners, forest managers, forestry practitioners and operators, access authorities, and recreation organisations, to manage public access during forest operations in Scotland.

Summary from the practice note:

‘Forests and woodlands bring wide-ranging and diverse benefits to people in Scotland. They are ideal places for people of all ages to participate in leisure, recreation and sports. However, forests are also workplaces. Forestry is an important part of the rural economy, and the production of timber provides revenue for landowners and jobs for the forestry sector and related businesses. Harvesting and haulage operations have been expanding over the past few years, as the forests that were established last century reach maturity, and so the need to balance woodland access with the need for safety during forest operations has never been more important. This is to both comply with health and safety legislation and fulfil land access obligations. Managing woodland access and forest operations is a pragmatic and practical process, involving land managers and access authorities, so that forest operations can take place safely, with minimal disruption to public access and recreational users. This Practice Note sets out clear steps to achieve this aim, including advice on early engagement with stakeholders and careful planning of operations’.


Birds - Licence forms and guidance documents (preventing serious damage, preserving public health and safety & air safety)

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges - Volume 0 INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Standard for Safety Risk Assessment on the Strategic Road Network Section 2 GENERAL GUIDANCE

Forest Research - Managing public safety on harvesting sites

This Note sets out the different roles and responsibilities for managing public safety to ensure that activities on and around harvesting worksites are co-ordinated and the right tasks are carried out by the right people. It provides information and advice on suitable control measures and illustrates good practice through the use of scenarios.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE - F10 - Notification of construction project
Details of what is required to be notified is included in Schedule 1 of the CDM regs

Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works - Volume 6 - Departmental Standards and Advice Notes on Contract Documentation and Site Supervision

Scottish Forestry - Managing Woodland Access and Forestry Operations

Forestry operations must be carried out safely and this can have an impact on access for visitors and recreational users.

This guidance, in the form of a practice note and three supporting films, provides advice for safely managing woodland access. It is intended to help guide decision makers in situations where forestry operations may impact on public access and is aimed at forest owners and managers, forest operators, access authorities and recreation bodies.

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