OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
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When OSHA Requires Hearing Protection Training:Employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Hearing Protection Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Heat Stress Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Power Tools Safety Training Resources (free):
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Annual Injury Rate
Logging Worker Safety Tips
Logging is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous professions in the country. It has a high rate of on the job accidents, many of which result in serious injury that leads to time of the job. All the more reason to make sure safety is a top priority.
The logging industry has a long history as one of the most profitable ventures possible, and also as one of the most dangerous. The daily use of chain saws and the threat of falling trees mean that loggers must be constantly on the lookout. Their measurements and movements must be precise to avoid serious injury and get the most out of their efforts. When on-site, there are some very simple safety precautions that loggers can take to keep themselves aware of the potential dangers and on the look out for their fellow co-workers. With careful attention and these simple tips in mind, even a job as dangerous as logging can be performed without serious injury.
Wear the proper protective equipment at all times.
- Masks will protect you from dust and debris flying through the air. Only use approved masks that are strong enough to filter out these large particles.
- Gloves: have the right gloves for the right job, especially when handling electrical equipment, make sure your gloves are properly insulated.
- Bright Colored vests. Make sure that you stand out from the forest around you so that other loggers can easily spot you.
- Steel toed boots: Never wear an open-toed shoe into a logging job.
Look up, down, and all around
- Be aware of where your co-workers are and what they are doing at all times. Maintain audio contact if you cannot see each other any more due to distance.
- Dead limbs can break off of tress and fall to the ground at any moment, causing serious injury. Look up to check for these falling hazards!
- Look around you to make sure you are out of the strike zone. There should be at least two tree lengths between you and the tree that is being felled.
- Take your time. Rushing through a logging job is the best way to ensure that you will make a mistake and cause an accident.
- When operating heavy machinery to remove limbs or felled trees, make sure everyone around is aware of what you are doing and the path you are following.
Maintain Your Equipment
- Keep all tools serviced and inspected regularly.
- Always set the parking break on logging machines before leaving them, and make sure they are turned off.
- Never use a tool that has a frayed or old power cord.
- Use the right tool for the right job to avoid over exerting yourself and the equipment.
- Make sure you know how to operate the machinery. Never use a tool for the first time while logging.
- Loggers need to be in top physical shape to keep up with such a physically demanding job.
- Stay home if you are sick, being in the outdoors around pollen and plat life all day won’t help, and will only make your condition worse.
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