Prevention At work

Current conditions and ongoing forestry operations may be propitious for forest fires. The SOPFEU reduces their occurrence by recommending the implementation of restrictions or the suspension of certain activities during forestry operations.

Can I smoke while working in the forest?
No. The Forest Protection Regulation and the SOPFEU’s Minimum standards governing forest management and supply activities state that:

• It is forbidden to smoke or to use an open flame within 15 m of a fuel storage or handling point.
• No person may smoke in or near a forest from 1 April to 15 November while working or travelling, except in a building or a closed vehicle.

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What can I do to ensure that my equipment doesn’t cause a fire?

There are a number of precautions that can be taken to avoid causing a fire during forestry operations.

  • Equip your motorized machinery with the appropriate extinguisher (class ABC).
  • Ensure that your extinguisher is in working order, visible, easily accessible, and properly mounted.
  • Carry out monthly inspections to ensure that forest fire prevention safety standards are respected.
  • Correct any non-compliance observed in a timely manner.
 Keep in mind! Forestry and industry operations cause approximately 50 forest fires every year. Each worker plays a part in preventing forest fires.
 Tips from the pros! Check out our minimum standards and find out what you can do to help prevent forest fires.
Puis-je fumer lorsque je travaille en forêt?
Non. Le Règlement sur la protection des forêts et les normes minimales de la SOPFEU régissant les activités d’aménagement et d’approvisionnement forestier stipulent que :

  • Il est interdit de fumer ou de faire usage de feu dans un rayon de 15 mètres d’un lieu d’entreposage ou de manutention de carburant.
  • Du 1er avril au 15 novembre, il est interdit de fumer en forêt ou à proximité de celle-ci dans l’exécution d’un travail ou au cours d’un déplacement, à moins que ce ne soit dans un bâtiment ou un véhicule fermé.

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