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Collective work science approach to solving the common problems of occupational health and performance in European forest operations SMEs

Objective

COMFOR will carry out research to develop an innovative knowledge transfer concept on behalf of forest operations SMEs. This will enable the adoption of ergonomically effective work practices and mitigate the problems of poor occupational health and economic performance. COMFOR will create added value through a more competitive and sustainable forestry workforce. The change to out-sourcing of forest operations mechanised harvesting and poor financial returns are having a major effect on forestry SMEs throughout Europe. As a result of these structural changes, the occupational health problems in forestry work and economic pressure on SMEs are increasing. Current ergonomic research provides answers for healthier working practices which also improve performan ce. However, putting science into practice is difficult for these SMEs who face practical and financial barriers to change their way of working and are not in a position to undertake research and development themselves. To achieve its objective, COMFOR ha s gathered a consortium of 10 core SMEs, led by two IAGs, three university and six field-based RTDs from across North, West Central and East Europe. The consortium, directed by the core SMEs will undertake a 3 year pan-European project of integrated work s cience research linked to the most effective ways of transferring knowledge to forestry operations SMEs. This will include new research into the impact of structural change across the European wood supply chain, the economic benefits of ergonomic investmen t and the learning patterns of SMEs. The main output will be an innovative knowledge transfer package for the improvement of health and performance, customised for SMEs operating in three European regions. Core SMEs will trial the knowledge transfer packa ge and the results will be disseminated widely to the forestry industry and other stakeholders. National IAGs will be trained in knowledge transfer best practice, thus building capacity across Europe.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

EUROPEAN NETWORK OF FOREST ENTREPRENEURS E.V.
Address
Ruetteberg 10
Soelden
Germany

Participants (21)

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITÄT FREIBURG
Germany
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg
ASSOCIATION FORET CELLULOSE
France
Address
164 Boulevard Haussmann
Paris
DUNBERGS SKOGSSERVICE AB
Sweden
Address
Entreprenoersgatan 3
Eksjo
DYDUCH C SP. Z.O.O.
Poland
Address
Ul Slomiana 6/49
Krakow-30-316
EVA LIDÈN (DELO - ORGANISATIONSBERATUNG)
Germany
Address
Wilhelmshoher Weg 46A
Kassel
FORESTRY COMMISSION
United Kingdom
Address
231 Corstorphine Rd
Edinburgh
GEBROEDERS ZWEVERINK B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Hoog Soeren 118-2
Hoog Soeren
GORHIN LTD.
Bulgaria
Address
99 Pano Rogozarov Str
Lovech
HARPERS TRANSPORT
United Kingdom
Address
North Road Industrial Estate
Insch
HUDSON CONSULTING LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Dalfling Farm. Blairdaff
Inverurie
ILFOREST S.R.L.
Romania
Address
Brebu 176
Prahova County
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA
France
Address
10 Avenue Saint Mandé
Paris
INSTYTUT BADAWCZY LESNICTWA / FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF POLAND
Poland
Address
Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920R. Street, No.3
Warsaw
KURATORIUM FÜR WALDARBEIT UND FORSTTECHNIK E.V.
Germany
Address
Sprembergerstrasse 1
Gross-umstadt
METSAEURAKOINTI PIIRAINEN OY
Finland
Address
Teollisuustie 3
Vuokatti
QUALIFIZIERUNGSFONDS FORSTWIRTSCHAFT E.V.
Germany
Address
Ludwig-erhard-strasse 8
Kassel
SUNDGAUBOIS
France
Address
8 Rue De Bale
Faverois
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Arrheniusplan 2C
Uppsala
SZKOLA GLÓWNA GODSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO
Poland
Address
Nowoursynowska 166
Warsaw
WALDWIRTSCHAFT JACOB OHG
Germany
Address
Neue Breitenfelder Strasse 11
Markneukirchen Ot Wohlhausen
WAND ENTERPRISES LIMITED
Ireland
Address
Galtymore, Burncourt, Cahir
Co. Tipperary