Professional loggers use a wide variety of tools and equipment to
perform their jobs. This section lists and describes many of these tools
and the OSHA regulations required for their safe use and maintenance.
Tools and equipment that are properly used and maintained will increase the safety and
productivity of any logger. See
Recommendations for Tools and Good Practices for
further descriptions of hand tools and
Highlights of Other Hand Tools and Equipment Requirements (29 CFR 1910.266(e)(1))
How are tools required to be
used, maintained and transported in logging?
- All tools used by employees must be in serviceable condition. Inspections before
each work shift must assure that handles and guards are in place, sound, tight-fitting,
properly shaped, and free of splinters and sharp edges; there is no
"mushrooming" or chipping of the heads of shock, impact-driven, and driving
tools; cutting edges are sharp and properly shaped; and all safety devices are in place
and functioning properly.
- All tools must be used only for the purposes for which they are designed and be stored
in their assigned location or container when not in use.
- When transporting tools in a vehicle, they must be secured or arranged to prevent
causing a hazard to the vehicle driver and passengers.