What is a toolbox talk?
An ecological toolbox talk is a service in which a Suitably Qualified Ecologist (SQE) attends your site and discuss the site and species-specific ecology with personnel and contractors. The talks cover everything from an ecologist’s role on site, relevant legislation, a discussion on any European Protected Species Mitigation Licenses (EPSML) in place on site, and permitted and prohibited working practices.
A toolbox talk delivered by an ecologist is sometimes required as part of a condition of planning permission or as part of an ecological method statement or licence that exists on site.
When do I need to get in touch?
A toolbox talk is often required when site personnel need to be aware of protected species, site ecology or ecological method statements to prevent an offence during construction phases. The requirement for a toolbox talk is often flagged up after ecological surveys have been conducted on site, and are listed as a recommendation within ecology reports where required.
How can EcoNorth help me?
EcoNorth can advise you and your construction personnel on protected species and outline ecological method statements to ensure compliance. Our SQEs are CSCS qualified and can provide on-site advice, undertake mitigation work and provide ecological supervision as part of the development team. We have detailed experience of working on active development sites, and are well trained in health and safety procedures and legislation.
If you require a toolbox talk, get in touch EcoNorth so that we can determine your requirements.