A logging operation is associated with felling and moving trees and logs from the stump to the point of delivery, such as, but not limited to, marking danger trees and trees/logs to be cut to length, felling, limbing, bucking, debarking, chipping, yarding, loading, unloading, storing, and transporting machines, equipment and personnel to, from and between logging sites.


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What are the hazards associated with logging?

Improper use of chain saws and failure to follow proper tree cutting procedures, including establishing a safe exit path, can result in serious injury and death.

Is there a special emphasis program associated with this topic?

Occupational exposure to hazards encountered in logging falls within the OSH Division logging and arboriculture special emphasis program.

What can I do to protect myself?

When participating in tree felling operations, employees should establish a clear and safe exit path away from any tree that is being cut. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instruction regarding the use, care and maintenance of chain saw.

Employers must ensure that employees are trained in the correct use of a chain saw and any other equipment they are expected to operate and have been provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment prior to stepping onto a logging site.

What resources are available to assist employers?

Safety and Health Programs

Example programs on lockout/tagout, hearing conservation, bloodborne pathogens, and personal protective equipment hazard assessment can be downloaded and customized to fit an individual workplace.

In addition, the following example policies may be useful toward protecting employees from the hazards found in the logging industry:

Training and Outreach Services

Presentations on lockout/tagout and personal protective equipment can be downloaded and customized to assist employers in conducting employee training at their workplaces. 

In addition, the education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request. 

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos (including streaming video services) and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC).

A-Z Safety and Health Topics

Additional resource information can be found on the A-Z topics pages for noise, chain saw safety, bloodborne pathogens, PPE, lockout/tagout, medical services and first aid and arboriculture

Consultation Services

The consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.


Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards for logging in North Carolina. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic. 

General Industry

Other standards that may be applicable include:

General Industry

Other Applicable Standards

The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

Where can I learn more?

Compliance Documents

Fact Sheets

Industry Guides

Technical Assistance

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.