Wood Products Industry
The wood products industry includes some of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The equipment poses numerous hazards, particularly when machines are used improperly or without proper safeguards. The wood products industry may be divided into the following sub-categories: Logging, Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills, Sawmills (Planing Mills), and Woodworking (wood shops, cabinet shops, prefabricated wood buildings/mobile homes).
Wood product hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.
How do I find out about employer responsibilities and workers' rights?
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.
OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Small businesses may contact OSHA's free On-site Consultation services funded by OSHA to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites. To contact free consultation services, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.
Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.
If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.
- Sawmills. OSHA eTool. An interactive web-based training tool on the hazards associated with working in sawmills. Provides information on topics such as lumber storage, log handling, and plant-wide hazards.
- Woodworking. OSHA eTool. An interactive web-based training tool on the hazards associated with woodworking. Provides information on topics such as assembly, production, and shipping.
- Logging. OSHA eTool. By many measures, logging is the most hazardous industry in the United States, particularly the activity of manual felling. This eTool outlines the required and recommended work practices that may reduce logging hazards.