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.
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