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