A Review of the Literature for Forestry Health and Safety: The Last Ten Years

Last updated on June 21st, 2024 at 02:34 pm

Foresters and loggers work in the most hazardous industries with high job-related injury, illness, and fatality rates. This workforce faces unique environmental exposures, ergonomic challenges, and health disparities across all ages.

The last comprehensive literature review in forestry health and safety for NIOSH was completed in 2012. Under a NIOSH IPA project, AgriSafe conducted a forestry health and safety literature review for publications from 2012 to 2022. The objectives of this review were:

  1. Uncover the health and safety issues currently facing the forestry and logging workforce.
  2. Identify any new trends or topics in the literature.
  3. Identify areas of training and health needs.
  4. Identify healthcare access issues impacting the forestry workforce.

Final results of this project will be shared with the audience. Findings in this project will contribute to NIOSH’s priorities for forestry occupational health and safety and the literature. The literature review will inform and prioritize future forestry training needs through AgriSafe’s OSHA forestry training projects.

Categories: Forestry and Logging