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Occupational health and safety strategy for sawmilling industries in Uganda










McEwan, A. 2021. Occupational health and safety strategy for sawmilling industries in Uganda. Kampala, FAO.




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    Downstream log processing is poorly developed in Uganda, mainly dominated by many small-scale informal sawmills. Timber processing can be a hazardous occupation, with hazards from the use of machinery, handling heavy materials, working at heights and exposure to dust, noise and chemicals, potentially harmful events can happen at any time. Such occupational health risks are expected to be higher in developing countries than in the industrialized countries, mainly due to socioeconomic and political differences. Small-scale sawmillers are usually mainly focused on remaining profitable, and other considerations, such as safety, are not high priority. This report provides expert advice and technical assistance to support forestry officials, sawmill managers and supervisors to acquire skills and knowledge in downstream processing and utilization. It features elements such as hazard identification exercises for wood processing industries in Uganda and identifying hazard reduction measures in wood processing industries. The report focusses on the development of an occupational health and safety strategy for downstream processing in Uganda, with a specific focus on pine sawmilling, as per the focus of the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme programme at FAO Uganda.
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    This Biomass Waste Strategy provides evidence of the large amount of biomass waste (by-product) from small informal and large formal sawmilling facilities in Uganda; as well as actions to reduce the large volume of waste. Uganda has witnessed an increase in investment in plantation forestry since 2004. As the plantations mature and processing commences, the amount of waste will also increase. The report therefore provides expert advice and technical assistance to support sawmill managers and supervisors to acquire skills and knowledge in downstream processing and utilization to reduce wood waste. It focusses on the development of a waste management strategy appropriate for Uganda, with a specific focus on pine sawmilling. If waste could be minimised in the sawmilling context, more of the high value primary product would be produced. Modern sawmills are able to achieve in excess of 50 percent product output. However, Sawmilling in Uganda is characterised by many small, mobile, informal sawmills, which currently produce more sawn products than the formal sawmills. There is a large amount of waste produced each year, with both formal and informal sawmills operating at very low recovery rates. One needs to consider the extent of the industrial forests in Uganda in order to make predictions regarding the wood that is being processed or will be processed, as well as the waste that will be generated. Therefore, a biomass strategy is important.
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    This Biomass Waste Strategy provides evidence of the large amount of biomass waste (by-product) from small informal and large formal sawmilling facilities in Uganda; as well as actions to reduce the large volume of waste. Uganda has witnessed an increase in investment in plantation forestry since 2004. As the plantations mature and processing commences, the amount of waste will also increase. The report therefore provides expert advice and technical assistance to support sawmill managers and supervisors to acquire skills and knowledge in downstream processing and utilization to reduce wood waste. It focusses on the development of a waste management strategy appropriate for Uganda, with a specific focus on pine sawmilling. If waste could be minimised in the sawmilling context, more of the high value primary product would be produced. Modern sawmills are able to achieve in excess of 50 percent product output. However, Sawmilling in Uganda is characterised by many small, mobile, informal sawmills, which currently produce more sawn products than the formal sawmills. There is a large amount of waste produced each year, with both formal and informal sawmills operating at very low recovery rates. One needs to consider the extent of the industrial forests in Uganda in order to make predictions regarding the wood that is being processed or will be processed, as well as the waste that will be generated. Therefore, a biomass strategy is important.

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