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FSC Standards Interpretations


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FSC-POL-30-001 FSC Pesticides Policy


Question

Can a Certificate Holder (CH) buy trees from a nursery that is outside and not adjacent to the Forest Management Unit (FMU) and plant them in the FMU, if FSC Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) have been used during the growth of the seedlings?

Normative Reference FSC-POL-30-001
Requirement(s) Clause 2.1.b)
Published Tuesday, 18. February 2014
Answer

Yes, provided that the HHPs are not applied within the FMU. Otherwise, the CH is required to apply for a temporary derogation.
Workers and environment protection measures shall be taken to mitigate risks associated with the handling of the treated seedlings.


Question

Can a Certificate Holder (CH) use within the Forest Management Unit (FMU) or on its borders wooden fence posts that have been manufactured with chemicals (i.e. pressure treated lumber), if these chemicals are on the FSC Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHP) list?

Normative Reference FSC-POL-30-001
Requirement(s) Clause 2.1.b)
Published Friday, 29. November 2013
Answer

Yes, provided that the posts are not treated with HHPs in the FMU. Otherwise, the CH is required to apply for a temporary derogation.

If waste is generated from treated posts, it shall be disposed in an environmentally appropriate manner at off-site locations.


Question

Does the FSC-POL-30-001 apply on pesticides applications not linked to forest operations ?

Normative Reference FSC-GUI-30-001 V2-0
Requirement(s) Section 3
Published Tuesday, 28. July 2009
Answer

All pesticide applications that are conducted within the FMU are considered as entering into the scope of the certificate. Thus, FSC-POL-30-001 apply to all pesticides used in the FMU, even those that are not used for pure silvicultural purpose.