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Logging safety in forest management education.
Fosbroke DE; Meyers JR
Proceedings, 10th central hardwood forest conference, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 5-8, 1995, general technical report NE-197. Gottschalk KW, Fosbroke SL, eds. Radnor, PA; Gottschalk 1995 Mar; :442-453
The importance of teaching occupational safety and health to forest management students was described and a proposal for incorporating safety issues into existing forestry courses is advocated. Worker safety concepts should be integrated into forest management studies because logging has long been a dangerous industry with high work related fatalities; forest management decisions directly impact logging safety; and professional foresters are morally and ethically bound to ensure they make decisions that do not jeopardize the safety of others by the Code of Ethics established by the Society of American Foresters. When 45 professional degree programs in forest management were surveyed, the authors found that only 17 programs referenced any safety concepts within their course syllabi, which was limited to the harvesting course. The authors conclude that forest management programs need to make students aware of the safety record of the logging, sawmill, and paper industries; the existence of safety regulations, standards, and policies; the identification and control of hazards; management safety; impact of safety programs on insurance premiums; impact of injuries on operating costs and worker morale; and the influence of management decisions on worker safety.
Forestry-workers; Logging-workers; Forestry; Lumber-industry; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Occupational-safety-programs
Gottschalk KW; Fosbroke SL
Proceedings, 10th central hardwood forest conference, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 5-8, 1995, general technical report NE-197
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