Scope and Application
Logging is one of the most dangerous occupations found in the United States,
and the felling of trees with a chainsaw is the
most dangerous of all logging activities. Compliance with OSHA's Logging Standard (29 CFR
1910.266) will eliminate many of the fatal accidents and greatly reduce the number of lost
work day injuries occurring in this industry. OSHA has developed this eTool to assist
employers in developing and implementing work practices and programs which comply with OSHA requirements and
reduce the risks of logging. This eTool reviews the requirements of the OSHA Logging Standard in relation
to employer safety and health, and refers to various state standards and recommended safe work practices.
Emphasis is given to the manual felling of trees since this operation presents the greatest risks in
Does the OSHA Standard Apply to You?
The standard applies to:
- All types of logging, regardless of the end use of the wood.
- Examples of logging activities include pulpwood and timber harvesting and the logging of
sawlogs, veneer bolts, poles, pilings and other forest products.
- All logging operations from pre-felling planning to the transport of logs and forest
products to the point of delivery, with the exception of the construction and use of cable
yarding systems. Tree marking activities including the marking of danger trees or wildlife
trees, which take place in advance of and separate from tree harvesting, are NOT covered
by these regulations.
- Examples of logging operations include: felling, limbing, bucking, debarking,
chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, storing, and transporting of forest products, and
the transporting of logging equipment and personnel to and from logging sites.
- Agricultural employers who are engaged in logging operations
incidental to their agricultural operations are also covered by these
logging regulations pursuant to Part 1928, Occupational Safety and
Health Standards for Agriculture [29 CFR