Who is considered a key worker in our sector?

Timber and Wood Pellets’ fuel trucks on the road are ‘essential’…

Today’s forests provide products that are heading into biomass facilities and subsequently boilers – that heat our hospitals, schools and medical centres.

Following representations by Confor to the UK Government, a Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) spokesperson has today confirmed that:

“Those involved in the supply chain of wood for key goods (including, but not limited to pallets, heating, packaging, tissue paper, timber harvesting, sawmills) should be considered key workers. ”

Confor Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said: “I welcome this vital clarification of the key role of the forestry and wood processing supply chain in providing wood products to support an important range of essential products. Society is facing a tremendous challenge and the forestry and wood processing industry is keen to play its part.

“I would also remind everyone operating in these supply chains that it is vital that they follow Government and NHS guidance.” (link here)

He added: “Key worker status recognises the importance of wood products, but it also highlights the importance of keeping the supply chain going, and we will be working with Defra to help map out and understand what the impacts will be: on the maintenance of critical supply chains in the short term, and on the health of the sector in the longer term.”

Full story via Confor: http://www.confor.org.uk/covid-19/topics/key-workers/

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