Occupational safety and health in Europe's forestry industry

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2008

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Forests and other wooded land cover about 160 million hectares, some 35%, of the European Union’s land area. As well as wood, forests provide cork, Christmas trees, resins, pine nuts, medicinal plants, mushrooms and berries. They are a valuable resource, but forests are a dangerous place to work: the incidence of fatal or major injuries is higher than in many other sectors, with forest workers that use chainsaws to fell trees being at particular risk. Heavy physical workloads, noise, vibrations and exposure to biological hazards and chemicals also put forest workers at risk. This e-fact outlines the dangers of working in forestry and provides information on prevention.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
ZEMĚDĚLSTVÍ, LESNICTVÍ A RYBÁŘSTVÍ
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Applying Pesticides
Handling Plants
Woodworking
Working Outdoors
Biological hazard: 
Biochemical hazards
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Zoonoses
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Liquids
Solids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Infection
Exposure route: 
Bites and stings
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Chemicals that are used in forestry (e.g. exhaust gases from chainsaws, fertilizers, pesticides, colourants for marking, wood dust).

CAS Number: 
630-08-0
EC number: 
211-128-3
Prevention measures: 
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Guidance
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
OSH consultant
Researchers
Safety officers

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