Logging and Arboriculture Special Emphasis Program

The North Carolina Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs) are part of the NC OSH Division's five year strategic management plan for which its two principal goals are: 1) to reduce the state's workplace fatality rate by at least 2%; and 2) to reduce the state's non-fatal injury and illness rate by at least 5%. For each SEP that applies to a specific industrial sector, similar goals for reducing the fatality rate and/or non-fatal injury and illness rate are applied.

SEP: Logging and Arboriculture

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What are the goals of the logging and arboriculture special emphasis program?

  • Reduce workplace fatalities

  • Reduce workplace injury and illness rates

What industries are covered by this SEP?

  • NAICS 11331 -  logging

  • NAICS 56173 - landscaping services

What are the principal hazard categories on which this SEP is focused?

The majority of fatalities and injuries that occur in logging and arboriculture can be attributed to the following categories of events:

In addition, employees in one or both industry groups may be exposed to:

What regulations apply to this SEP?

OSH has adopted the following regulations that govern the requirements for protection against the hazards associated with logging operations and arboriculture. 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

General Duty Clause

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 about this SEP?

Compliance Documents

A-Z Safety and Health Topics

Additional resource information can be found on the safety and health topic pages for logging and arboriculture.