Ten Evironmental Commandments of the Isley Group

1. GET WITH THE PLAN

  • Review the plan with your supervisor including:
  • What needs to be done
  • When the work has to be done
  • Where the work has to be done (APPROVED WORK AREA)
  • How the work is to be done
  • By looking at the maps, reviewing the working instructions, review the area working in and talk about how you are going to do the job.

2. STAY ON SIDE

  • Ensure that you know where you are supposed to be working (APPROVED WORK AREA)
  • Know the Ribbon colors that define your operating area (if applicable)
  • Do not operate outside of ribbons, if unsure, see your supervisor

3. DON’T MUDDY THE WATERS

  • Any activity we do in the forest can impact the water.
  • A reduction in water quality can affect plants & animals
  • Ensure water stays as clear and clean during & after your activity as it was before you started
  • Know how to do your job to minimize soil disturbance and soil erosion does not occur
  • Know what the plan says about how and where you can work around water bodies and/or cross streams

4. DON’T HURT THE DIRT

  • If soil is removed, compacted or eroded, it may not be suitable for growing trees.
  • Soil provides the nutrients for the forest and is the foundation for establishing and growing trees.
  • Know what you need to do to prevent soil erosion and soil compaction from occurring during your work.

5.   PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

  • Some waste materials, if left out on the work site, can damage the environment
  • Work sites that are cluttered with waste, create an impression that you don’t care about the environment.
  • KEEP YOUR WORK SITE CLEAN
  • Remove waste daily
  • Dispose of them properly
  • Recycle what you can

6.   CONTAIN YOURSELF

  • Petroleum products and hazardous materials that we use in our work, present a big risk to the environment
  • We need to control that risk through careful Transport, Handling and Storage.
  • Know how to handle products to prevent spills
  • Make sure all storage containers are in good repair
  • Know what to do in the event of a spill

7. BE SENSITIVE TO SENSITIVITIES

  • Some parts of our forest are more sensitive to our activities than others - always check to ensure you are not causing damage as conditions change.
  • Know that faulty equipment can cause damage to the environment - so keep it in good repair!
  • Always check your equipment to ensure all is working properly and no repairs are required
  • Know if you are near any sensitive or wet areas, work near area only if part of the plan, or else STAY CLEAR!

8. LOOK AHEAD, LOOK BEHIND

  • You need to continually check the accuracy of the plan and conditions around you to prevent damage to site.
  • LOOK AHEAD - Plans may not be accurate or detailed enough to show full range of conditions.
  • Change in weather/site conditions increase risk to damage if we continue work
  • Continually check that what you see is what you expected to see.
  • LOOK BEHIND - insure work you did is accurate

9. STOP WHILE YOU ARE AHEAD

  • If conditions do change, STOP….. continuing may get you into trouble
  • STOP WORK IF:
  • The plan is wrong, incomplete or won’t work

10.  SPEAK UP

  • Unexpected conditions or wrong actions need to be communicated to your supervisor
  • Report to your supervisor if
  • You’ve seen or done something not in the plan
  • You’ve seen or done something that is causing damage to the environment.
  • ALWAYS REPORT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR WHEN IN DOUBT!

 


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