FAO Forestry Papers on forest engineering and harvesting

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Staal Wästerlund, D. 2018. Managing heat in agricultural work: increasing worker safety and productivity by controlling heat exposure. Forestry Working Paper No. 1. Rome, FAO.
Heat stress is a problem when the body is unable to dissipate body heat sufficiently to the surroundings. Such a situation is common among workers in the agriculture sector because most of the work is performed outdoors where the climate cannot be controlled. This report reviews the implications of heat stress in working environments in agriculture (with a focus on farming and forestry), how it affects the human body, the risks it poses to human health, how it is measured, how it affects labour productivity, and how it can be managed.

Garland, J.J. 2018. Accident reporting and analysis in forestry: guidance on increasing the safety of forest work. Forestry Working Paper No. 2. Rome, FAO.
An accident is an unplanned event that causes death, damage or disruption to people, objects and operating systems. Accidents are an effect of hazards and exposure to those hazards. Hazards can be created by either unsafe (dangerous) conditions or unsafe (inappropriate) behaviour (or a combination of these). This report discusses forestry accidents and illnesses, makes international comparisons, examines the use of accident reporting forms, and provides sample forms. It presents examples of successful safety and health improvements arising from accident reporting and analysis and discusses various legal and regulatory approaches for improving worker safety and health.


last updated:  Thursday, June 7, 2018