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Master Logging Company Program Overview

The Ohio Forestry Association, Inc. (OFA) maintains a safety training and voluntary certification program for logging contractors and their employees known as the Ohio Voluntary Master Logging Company Program. The program involves training loggers in chainsaw safety, Best Management Practices (BMP) for soil and water protection, and first aid and CPR.

Through the certification program each logger must complete periodic re-certification keeping the logger up to date on new innovations, techniques, industry issues, etc. The logger is also required to be a member of a local logger's chapter. The chapters are regionally organized groups of loggers and representatives associated with logging practices in Ohio. Their joint mission is to develop programs and projects to promote the specific and general welfare of loggers through information, education and legislative action.

Also, as a requirement of the program, each company must undergo BMP monitoring inspections. The inspection team is comprised of an ODNR Division of Forestry representative and a logger's chapter representative. The inspection is done on an active site and a closed site with the intention of making sure the logger is following the Best Management Practices guidelines and to provide feedback to the OFA and Logging Standards Council (LSC) regarding the effectiveness of training as measured by implementation in the field.

The OFA maintains company records and administers the program while the LSC develops rules and enforces the procedures for the program. The LSC alone is responsible for decertification by a majority vote only. The LSC can revoke status for non-compliance with established standards or failure to complete re-certification training or documentation within three months of expiration date. If a company is decertified it must retake all the initial training specified under certification requirements.

 

The following companies require Master Logging Companies on their job sites:

American Electric Power - Brian Borer (740) 588-3193
Glatfelter - Jeff Hoselton (888) 609-8733
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District - Clayton Rico (877) 363-8500 x 2704
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry - Nathan Jester (740) 774-1596
Weyerhaeuser Company

The Ohio Forestry Association maintains a Safety Training and Voluntary Certification Program for Logging Contractors and their employees. The following requirements are necessary for the Ohio Voluntary Master Logging Companies:

  1. Each trained logger is trained to use Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce soil erosion and improve the appearance of timber harvesting activities.
  2. Each Trained logger is trained to employ safe and efficient timber cutting and logging safety practices.
  3. Each trained logger has current certification in First Aid and CPR. (Online courses NOT accepted) 
  4. The Company maintains Workers' Compensation coverage on employees.
  5. The Company provides liability coverage on request.
  6. Each trained logger must participate in advanced training and periodic recertification training.
  7. Each trained logger must sign a code of ethics agreement.
  8. The Company must be member of local logger's chapter and be represented at at least three (3) meetings each year.
  9. The Company must be a member of the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.

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