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    COMFOR

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

    Last update: 01/09/09

    Latest news:

    The COMFOR project work is finished. You can find the executive summary

    "Tools and Methods for Improved Health and Performance in Forest Enterprises"

    by clicking the image below and all further reports under 'Project reports' and 'Publications' in the menu to the left.


    Summary report

    Short summary of the project - abstract

    COMFOR aimed at developing an innovative knowledge transfer concept for SMEs in forest operations. This was achieved by providing seven tools and methods which will have a long term effect on health and performance, and which are tested, approved and acknowledged by contractors themselves.

    The concept was the result of continuous development work on the "Tools", based on repeated testing and evaluation by the partner SMEs, resulting in a focused user-friendly educative package.

    The development work was based on research activities carried out by the partner Universities. Results of empirical studies, which started at the beginning of the project, are available in reports which contribute to the scientific knowledge about SMEs in forest operations.

    The COMFOR tools and methods have already found their way into the forestry contracting sector due to extensive dissemination and training activities in the final period of COMFOR. Training concepts and packages were individually designed for the respective conditions in each of the ten participating countries.

    There has been widespread acceptance of the tools and they are already being considered for incorporation into a number of contractor training and certification schemes in the participating countries.

    A variety of multipliers for future implementation was mobilised and trained by the COMFOR team. This will ensure that the results of three year extensive co-operation between 21 partners from 10 countries will reach the target group SMEs in forest operations, and will contribute to their health and performance through improved economic viability.


    This project was funded by the European Commission

    6th framework programme: Horizontal research activities involving SMEs collective research
    Project acronym: COMFOR
    Project full title: Collective work science approach to solving the common problems of occupational health and performance in European forest operations SMEs
    Contract: No. 030300