Logging Safety: A Field Guide

Section Eight: Chemicals

Flammable and combustible liquids are common to logging operations.

  • Fuels for vehicles, machinery and chain saws:
    • Must be stored, handled, transported and used according to OSHA standards.
    • Must not be transported in the driver compartment or in any passenger-occupied area of a machine or vehicle.
    • Can be used to start fires if the particular situation doesn't create a hazard to workers.
  • Gas-powered equipment must be shut off when fueling.
  • Diesel-powered equipment may be left at idle when fueling, assuming safe fueling procedures are followed.

Explosives and Blasting Agents

  • Can present a hazard if stored, transported or handled improperly
    • Must be stored, handled, transported or used according to OSHA standards.
    • Must not be transported in the driver compartment or in any passenger-occupied area of a machine or vehicle.
    • Must be handled only by a designated person, trained in the handling and use of explosives and blasting agents.