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[ OSHA STANDARDS ]  -  [ OSHA CONSULTATION ]  -  [ FIRST AID & CPR ]  -  [ EMS RESPONSE ]  -  [ 811 ]  -  [ SAFETY ALERTS ]  -  [ HAZARD COMM. ]
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OSHA STANDARDS

OSHA regulations consist of required and recommended work practices that are designed to reduce the hazards of logging operations. All logging operations with employees are covered by the standards. OSHA has two standards that affect the timber harvesting industry - General Industry Standards and the Logging Standard.

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FREE OSHA CONSULTATION PROGRAM

The state of Pennsylvania offers a FREE and confidential consultation service to assist companies in bringing their operations into compliance with OSHA standards. During a work site visit, consultants review operations and facilities for OSHA violations and other hazards and review OSHA-required programs. Where deficiencies are identified, consultants assist employers in identifying and making corrections.

To receive on-site services, the employer simply agrees to correct OSHA violations that are classified as imminent dangers or serious hazards. There is no obligation to correct non-serious violations. In the rare event that an employer does not correct an imminent danger or serious hazard, the program is under legal obligation to report the matter to OSHA. In all other cases, the service remains confidential by law.

PA OSHA Consultation Program - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The OSHA Consultation Program

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BASIC FIRST AID & ADULT CPR TRAINING

OSHA Regulation [29 CFR§1910.266(i)(7)] requires that all employees, including supervisors, receive hands-on First Aid and CPR training meeting at least the requirements specified in Appendix B (see below), and keep their training current. The Pennsylvania SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program requires First Aid and CPR training as a core training requirement. Recertification is optional for maintaining PA SFI training, but mandatory under OSHA.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE

Are you prepared for a medical or other emergency on your operation? Do you know where the closest hospital is? Would you know how to direct emergency personel to where you are? If an emergency responder asked you if your coworker was allergic to any medications, would you be able to answer? Who does what on your operation when a fire breaks out? It is important that you take a little time before starting each operation to collect and organize some basic information that is critical for emergency response. The following links can help you with this process:

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PENNSYLVANIA 811 - KNOW WHAT'S BELOW!

811 is the number you should call before you begin any digging project or work across buried utility right of ways. 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally damaging underground utility lines while working. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines identified due to concerns about project delays and costs. These assumptions can be life-threatening. Every digging job or utility right of way crossing requires a call. If you hit an damage utility line, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

Pennsylvania One Call System

Tailgate Safety Meetings

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SAFETY ALERTS & TECHNICAL RELEASES

OSHA regulations [29 CFR§1910.266(i)(11)] require that employers hold safety and health meetings as necessary and at least each month for each employee. Safety and health meetings may be conducted individually, in crew meetings, in larger groups, or as part of other staff meetings. Several organizations produce safety alerts and reports that review actual logging operation accidents. The analysis and discussion of these publications with employees can constitute a safety meeting. A form is included on the back of every FRA safety alert that can be used to document and record safety meetings.

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HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS

The OSHA hazard communications (Right to Know) standard [29 CFR§1910.1200(h)] requires every employer to develop and implement a hazard communication (HAZCOM) program. Your employees must be informed of the potential health and physical risks and be informed of the appropriate safety precautions and actions associated with hazardous chemicals through chemical information lists, safety data sheets (SDS), container labeling and warning, the hazardous chemical right-to-know poster, and employee training and education. All logging employers must be in compliance with the OSHA Law for the Hazard Communications Standards as they apply and pertain to logging operations.

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NATIONAL TIMBER HARVESTING & TRANSPORTATION SAFETY (THATS) FOUNDATION

A charitable 501(c)3 organization founded in 1991 and administered by the Forest Resources Association (FRA) the mission of the Foundation is "to promote, support, and serve as a catalyst for safe and professional work attitudes, practices, and conditions in timber harvesting and transportation." The Foundation's website contains a tremendous amount of information related to logging safety.

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CHAINSAW SAFETY

Chainsaws are one of the most dangerous hand tools that can be purchased on the open market. They require no license or training to own or operate. There are approximately 40,000+ injuries resulting from chainsaw use each year, many of which result in fatalities. Most chain saw accidents are preventable. The only answer to reducing these accidents is proper training and knowledge with a lot of hands on experience.

Chainsaw Safety Page

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HARVESTING EQUIPMENT SAFETY

Professional logging equipment operators are in control of their machines. All aspects of operation, maintenance, loss prevention, and safety are incorporated into every phase of their duties. This section provides guidelines for safe work practices, fire prevention, proper preventive maintenance, and safe operations. These guidelines are helpful hints for woods equipment operators and logging contractors. These guidelines are not substitutes for proper training, experience, and common sense. The general guidelines pertain to all equipment units while the individual machine sections may point out other specific guidelines.

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LOG LANDING & LOG YARD SAFETY

 

The log landing in the woods and the log yard at the mill are both important places to ensure safety. Operations that occur at these locations typically involve people and machines such as skidders, slashers, loaders, trucks, and log stackers/loaders working in and around each other to process, sort, load and unload logs. All this concentrated activity can present tremendous opportunities for an accident to occur if safe operating procedures are not followed. This section provides information on how to maintain safety on log landings and log yards.

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TRUCKING SAFETY

Pennsylvania truckers are subject to FMCSA regulations as well as Pennsylvania's commercial vehicle code.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code

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The material and resource links provided on this site are for informational use only, and should neither replace the advice of qualified medical professionals, nor be taken as recommendations or endorsements. Use this information at your own risk, and always be sure to consult with a doctor before making medical decisions.
 
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