Logging » Develop a Site Safety and Health Plan
A site Safety and Health Plan describes the potential hazards of the work site, along with all company policies, controls and work practices selected to minimize those hazards. The most important factor in reducing workplace injuries is implementing the plan. Implementation requires management's commitment to provide adequate resources for training, accountability, self audits, and employee involvement.
Although required by some states, OSHA does not require a written comprehensive Safety and Health Plan. However, OSHA does require that employees and their supervisors be trained in the specific hazards and control measures associated with their assigned tasks. The written Safety and Health Plan is a valuable tool in providing this training.
This section provides references which may be useful in developing your site Safety and Health Plan.
Topics to be included in your site Safety and Health Plan
- Tree Harvesting Plan
- Daily safety checks and surveys
- PPE Program
- Equipment Maintenance Program
- Training and Training Records
- Assignment of responsibilities for carrying out the safety plan
- Hazard Communication Program
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Hearing Conservation
- Accident Investigation
Example of a Generic Safety and Health Program for Logging
Resources for developing your site Safety and Health Plan
- Logging safety standards, including the OSHA Logging Standard described by this eTool.
- Idaho Minimum Safety Standards and Practices for Logging. Idaho Industrial Commission, IDAPA 17 Title 08, (July, 1997).
- Logging. Oregon Safety and Health Code. Oregon Administrative Rules Division 6, Chapter 437. Covers cables and helicopters.
- Safety Standards for Logging Operations. Washington Administrative Codes (WAC). Includes cable and helicopter, (January, 1997).
- Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Inc., Rhinelander, WI.