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March 29, 1976

Mr. David W. Taber
Wood Utilization
Extension Specialist
Cooperative Extension - New York State
Cornell University State
University of New York
U.S. Department of Agriculture
13 Moon Library,
State University College of
Environmental Science
and Forestry
Syracuse, New York 13210

Dear Mr. Taber:

This is in response to your letter requesting clarification of OSHA standards related to logging and tree planting operations.

The OSHA Standard 1910.266 page 23777 of the Federal Register dated June 27, 1974, Volume 39 #125 includes tree felling for pulpwood operations but excludes logging, veneer bolts and similar operations. Operations such as logging for sawmills and harvesting trees would fall and OSHA 1910 standards for general industry.

Standards that relate to hand tools, personal protective equipment and more would apply to these operations. However, the retail sale of the harvested Christmas trees would be subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

We have mailed under separate cover several OSHA brochures including the above noted Federal Register for your ready reference.


Alfred Barden
Regional Administrator, OSHA