The KWF is the competence centre for forestry work, forestry technology and wood logistics in Germany and Europe and provides advice to all key players in the forestry, wood and bio-energy sectors.
The German Center for Forest Work and Technology, or KWF, is a registered non-profit association and is supported by 2000 members. The KWF is the competence centre for forestry work, forestry technology and wood logistics in Germany and Europe and provides advice to all key players in the forestry, wood and bio-energy sectors. It is available as an interlocutor to everybody. As a transnational non-profit organization, the KWF focuses on all major tasks for securing the future, avoiding accidents and protecting the environment in a precautionary way. This makes the KWF exemplary for a joint, efficient and future-oriented execution of tasks by the German Federal Government and the Leander.
The KWF is the only organization that examines and certifies forestry technology, tools, supplies and protection equipment at the national and transnational level.
In doing so, the KWF grants the coveted trade-in value mark, the KWF test mark, but also the DPLF (German Test Center for Agricultural and Forestry Machinery) mark and the GS (Tested Safety) mark. Furthermore, the KWF fulfills a cross-sectional function bridging the worlds of research, practice and industry for the areas of forestry, wood and bio-energy. In these areas, the association is also available as a project partner.
In simple words, EN 381 gives you an answer regarding the safety of your chainsaw garment, an FPA approval gives you a good indication about comfort and the lifetime quality of your garment, based upon a full year wearing test in 12 different locations, by professional users.
Technical tools for forestry, which have been thoroughly tested by the KWF, are distinguished with the “KWF-PROFI” signature. They comply to all requirements of current technical standards, particularly economic, security, ergonomic and ecological standards. The tests include technical measurements, practical tests in forestry and enquiries about the application of the tools. In case of positive results, the competent test committee decides on the “FPA approved” and, if necessary, on the obligation of further improvements.
The new test approval sign will replace the previous sign “KWF-Gebrauchswert” and the older FPA sign (technical forestry test committee of the KWF), which has been the emblem for approved forestry techniques for over 50 years. The new sign is identical in content, but at the same time it refers to the competent test authority by means of the KWF logo. Look for this logo for products already certified.
The newly introduced KWF sign carries the name “standard”. All the test objects, PROFI as well as STANDARD, go through a series of use value tests (practice tests).
All safety aspects must under any given circumstance be fulfilled in order to achieve one of the two KWF approvals. The KWF approval “standard” is especially applicable to products of the highest expectations being used in professional logging applications. It can be obtained, according the product group, based on used materials, wearing comfort, weight and similar criteria. For most product groups these criteria are fixed.
They are constantly adapted according the latest technologies. Thanks to the new label “KWF-standard”, the occasional user – for instance a person who cuts firewood – can with proven certainty rely on a satisfying product, within the limits of his budget.
With the label “KWF-test” products are selected that have been successfully tested for specific properties for instance measuring equipment for crane harvesters, function for tire pressure controllers etc…For forestry clothing this would be a specific characteristic such as “high wearing comfort”
The KWF-test label is a sign of approval of the tested characteristics. The SSP is an example of KWF-test labeled product.