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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration logging standard: what it means for forest managers.
J For 1995 Nov; 93(11):34-37
The issue of safety in the logging industry is a new one for forest managers. As with any new set of regulations, forest managers will need to understand the OSHA logging standards and how they relate to management decisions. Forest managers will also need to assess in advance how their management decision will affect logging safety. The new OSHA logging standard goes beyond pulpwood to include saw timber harvesting operations, and therefore its effects will be felt most strongly in those parts of the country that do not harvest large quantities of pulpwood and do not already have existing state specific regulations on worker safety and health. Forest managers will need to understand these new standards to reduce as much as possible conflicts between management objectives and logging safety requirements. Specifics of the regulations were discussed as they relate to snags, skid trails and roads, location of landings or yards, and sequence of harvesting. The need to balance safety issues with factors such as environmental regulations, economic goals, biodiversity goals, and the other constraints was noted.
NIOSH-Author; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers; Forestry; Safety-measures; Legislation; Training; Education; Worker-health
Issue of Publication
Journal of Forestry
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division