Logging safety and forest management education. A necessary link.
J For 1996 Jul; 94(7):21-25
Recent statistics have indicated that the logging industry has not seen dramatic improvement in safety records over the past 30 years. A new standard for logging operations was promulgated by OSHA and it bears direct implications on the way logging should be conducted and indirect implications on how forest management decisions can be implemented. Integrating important safety and health issues into existing forestry school curricula should be part of the process. A few examples were presented of how safety topics can be covered in forestry courses. Forest policy courses traditionally included tax laws, environmental regulations, recreational development programs, and resource funding programs due to the influence of these regulations and programs on forest management decisions. The issues of safety and health regulations, the regulatory process, and safety research organizations fit into the concept of teaching policies and programs that influence forestry. Additional topics that could be incorporated into forest policy courses include the regulatory process, owner liability, third party tort, and specific OSHA and national consensus standards related to forestry operations. Sources of illness and injury information, injury statistics specific to forest industries and occupations, and the importance of safety could also be included.
NIOSH-Author; Forestry-workers; Logging-workers; Physical-stress; Safety-measures; Regulations; Occupational-health; Education
John R. Myers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
Journal of Forestry