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The signed agreement BCHO has with the Forest Service requires BCHO before any work party that the leader cover the safety requirements, each person has been trained for the required skill and have each person sign the necessary safety understanding forms JHA’s. Please see the file “BCHOTrailgateSafetyBriefingCoverSheet” for more information.

In order for Back Country Horsemen of Oregon (BCHO) to be in compliance with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Health and Safety Code Handbook (FSH 6709.11) section 16.3 a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) must be undertaken to identify aspects of a specific trail project that are potentially hazardous.

In accordance with USFS policy within the Volunteers in the National Forests Act of 1972, individual volunteers will be considered federal employees for the purpose of worker’s compensation and tort.  BCHO does not provide worker’s compensation and tort coverage; therefore it is necessary to complete the required forms.

These files were all taken either from the PCTA or the BCHW Saw Safety programs already in place and were modified by replacing PCTA or BCHW with BCHO.

BCHO Crew Leaders forms.

The BCHO Crew Leaders forms are described below, download them here. Once the file has been downloaded and extracted open the Read Me First file to access the files listed below. Need help downloading the files click here for detailed instructions.

  • ReadMeFirst.html – This document.
  • BCHO EAP.doc – This is the Emergency Action Plan form must be filled out by the BCHO Crew Leader prior to all BCHO work parties.
  • BCHO EAP.pdf – Printable or PDF version of BCHO EAP.doc file.
  • RadioProcedures.pdf – Forest Service Radio operating instructions.
  • USFS-SawIncidentReportForm.doc – In case of an any accident occurring during a BCHO workparty, an incident report must be filled out and provided to your USFS land manager and BCHO Saw Certification Volunteer Coordinator.

This next four files below came from the BCHW saw program and have been adopted by BCHO’s saw certification program. These should be used along with the Forest Service JHA’s when related to specific tasks being done.

  • BCHOTrailgateSafetyBriefingCoverSheet.docRead First; This document contains the requirements a crew leader must comply with for everyone in their workparty. Please read carefully and adhere to all requirements.
  • BCHO-JHA-1.doc – This is BCHO Job Hazard Analysis for Saw Operations, also included in Appendix A from the LOA (List of Appendices and Attachments). It is used to discuss and mitigate potential Crosscut and Chainsaw bucking related hazards at the begriming of all BCHO workparties. If it is not performed by the land manager if must be performed by the crew leader.
  • BCHOTailgateSafetyBriefingWorkPartyMembers.doc – This document is used in conjunction with the BCHO-JHA-1.doc document for all workparty members to sign. This document must be sent to the current land manager each month.
  • BCHOTailgateSafetyChecklistWorkPartyLeader.doc – This is the BCHO Tailgate Safety Checklist to be filled out by the crew leader prior to all workparties.

The next four files are the JHA’s provided by the Forest Service to the PCTA. They are to be used by the crew leader in conjunction with the BCHO JHA’s files listed above during all BCHO workparty safety briefings.

  • JHAChainSaw.doc – Chain Saw Job Hazard Analysis
  • JHACrossCut.doc -Crosscut Saw Job Hazard Analysis
  • JHAPackingWithLivestock.pdf -Equestrian Packing Job Hazard Analysis
  • JHATrailMaintenance.docx – Trail Work Job Hazard Analysis

Recommended Reading and Videos to Watch

  • An Ax to Grind Video, Hand tools For Trail Work – USDA Forest Service 1999, Watch Part 1 video, 26 minutes on Crosscuts, Loppers and Digging Tools – Watch Part 2 video, 25 minutes on Axes, Sledge Hammers, Handles and Sharpening. For both the Crosscut and Chainsaw Sawyer these videos are recomended viewing. They a both execelent videos, they cover the correct way to use many of the had tools used today.