What’s in the Chainsaw Safety TTT Course?
Our chainsaw safety training course is OSHA Aligned. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
- Understand the importance chainsaw safety and how it affects you
- Understand how to properly inspect and care for your chainsaw
- Understand what hazards you should be looking out for during operations
- Understand how to plan a tree felling operations and how to direct a tree’s fall
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.
OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:
- 29 CFR 1910.266 – Logging Operations
- 241 FW 12 – Chainsaw Safety (non-fire)
The Best Online Train the Trainer Program—Chainsaw Safety Course
What is train the trainer? Simply put, a trainer takes the online course to become more familiar with the topic and learn how to teach the required topics. This offers a thorough, cost-effective way for trainers and employers to increase their knowledge and more effectively train and/or certify their crew. Our Train the Trainer courses are designed for companies with employees who have experience with the subject matter, but simply need or want a third-party trainer certificate.
Once you have completed the Trainer Certification course and passed the exam, you will have immediate electronic access to our DIY training kit, which gives you everything you need to conduct training classes on as often as needed. These materials are reusable and customizable. We have fine-tuned our kits to provide you with the best training experience possible. They include accident profiles, videos, and other tools to help learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing tragic accidents or costly fines.
Train the Trainer Course Contents: Of course, every training kit is a little different. But, generally speaking, they consist of (but are not limited to) the following materials:
- Pertinent standards and regulations
- The customizable PowerPoint presentation
- A quick-reference guide for learners
- Written exams with answer keys
- Practical evaluation checklist
- Pre-shift inspection booklets
- Classroom forms for proper recordkeeping
- Full-sized certificates and wallet card templates for learners
Do take not that, while the online “trainer” portion of this course never expires, standards dictate that safety certification be completed at least once every three years (unless otherwise stated). These courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill regulation's requirements for up to three years.
Remember, safety training is an investment. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Chainsaw Certification – Train the Trainer Certification
Becoming a trainer is ultimately an employer designation. For those who are becoming trainers on their own, you simply have to be able to justify why you are competent enough to be a trainer. Regulating organizations typically want you to have experience and training. While we travel the country certifying trainers, the online training course is an easy and cost-effective way to help employers make the designation by offering the required training.
We send our trainers all over the country training both operators and trainers. And even though OSHA does not require a chainsaw train the trainer certification (they are more interested in what topics are being trained on), many companies and individuals feel more comfortable going through the trainer program from a well-established, industry-recognized training company like us. But it doesn’t always make sense financially for companies. That is why we’ve created the option to get certified online. If you are comfortable training and comfortable with the equipment, you can simply purchase the online trainer course, get your certificate and training kit, and start training. It is a very cost-effective way to go.
Why buy our Chainsaw Train the Trainer Certification Course?
Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs. Our unique online training program has been fine tuned to provide you with the best training experience possible.
What’s in the Chainsaw Train the Trainer Course?
The online course consists of several modules, but two main sections:
- How to Train
- OSHA requirements
- Trainer Responsibilities
- Record Keeping
- Classroom set-up
- Using and Customizing Training Materials
- Chainsaw Standards
- Final Exam
In a nutshell, the trainer will take the online training course to become more familiar with the equipment and learn how to teach the required topics. Once completed, they will gain access their certificate of completion, as well as the chainsaw training kit, which is a download file that contains all training material necessary to train your chainsaw operators, including an in-depth powerpoint presentation. See more details on the chainsaw training kit here.
Chainsaw Certification & Safety Training Course
What Is a Chainsaw?
Chainsaws are among the most commonly used power tools in and out of the workplace. However, if not used appropriately, they can be one of the most dangerous machines to use.
Who Can Operate a Chainsaw?
Before anyone uses a chainsaw they need to know how to safely operate it. The operator must also know what protective equipment to wear during operation. If the operator is new, a supervisor should be appointed to observe and correct them if they are not being safe.
Why Do I Need Chainsaw Safety Training?
There are many hazards associated with chainsaw work, ranging from head injuries and severed limbs to being crushed by a falling tree. Chainsaw operations necessitate preparation, self-awareness, and caution. Don’t let the machine’s simplicity or size make you complacent or unduly comfortable. A single moment can alter the course of your operation.
However, you can still be safe while using a chainsaw if you plan ahead of time and take the necessary safeguards.
OSHA’s Standards on Chainsaw Training
Employers of chainsaw operators must make sure that their employees can do their tasks safely. Training and job hazard analysis will help workers expect and avoid job-related accidents when using chainsaws. Workers should be trained on:
- Workplace procedures, practices, and requirements, including general and specialized safety and health hazard identification, prevention, and control.
- How to carry out specific work activities safely.
- The risks and controls associated with each operation.
- How to use, operate, and maintain tools, machines, and vehicles that workers may encounter or use on the job site.
- OSHA regulations that apply, such as those for logging, personal protective equipment, bloodborne pathogens, medical services, and first aid.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protection equipment (PPE) can help to prevent or decrease the severity of chainsaw injuries. Employers are required to provide and supervise workers’ use of PPE. Prior to beginning work, employers must also check that PPE is in excellent working order.
PPE is essential in chainsaw operations. The noise of the machine, the dust and debris caused by the saw, and the saw itself are just a few of the threats you must avoid.
When using a chainsaw, you must protect your head from risks such as falling trees and branches. This is especially true in the case of tree-cutting activities. When operating a chainsaw, always wear a hard hat that meets regulation criteria.
Hard hats can also protect you from a kickback. Because kickbacks generally result in shoulder and head injuries, your hard hat should be designed to reduce the impact and cut of the saw. Periodically inspect your hard hat for cracks, dents, scrapes, or other damage that could compromise its safety.
Chainsaws may emit 120 decibels of noise at their loudest. This is 32 times louder than a volume of a typical conversation and can cause severe hearing impairment if exposed for an extended period of time. Wear hearing protection whenever you are near a running chainsaw, regardless of the job.
During operation, chainsaws generate a lot of sawdust and wood chips. Because debris is likely to fly at your face, you’ll need something to shield your eyes. This type of PPE provides you with a wide range of possibilities. Always wear eye protection when working with or near a chainsaw.
Arm & Hand Protection
Because chainsaws generate sawdust and wood chips when in use, it is critical to protect your arms and hands. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves while operating a chainsaw to protect yourself from flying debris.
Gloves are useful because they allow you to grip the saw more securely and lessen the impact of vibration. Gloves will also protect you from cuts while inspecting the saw, particularly the blade.
Because you’ll be operating the chainsaw between the heights of your shoulders and knees, your legs will regularly be in danger. When using a chainsaw, you should wear protective chaps to protect your legs, especially if the saw is running. Denim jeans alone will not protect you against a saw blade.
The shoes you wear can make a significant impact on your safety. Your boots should be well-fitting and cover your ankles. This provides a solid platform, shields you from brush, tree limbs, and other hazards, and braces your ankle on uneven terrain.
Pre-Shift Safety Operations
Before using your chainsaw, inspect it for damage or excessive wear and make sure it has adequate fluid levels. A worn-out guide bar, dull chain, or defective chain brake can transform any work situation into an emergency situation.
The first thing you should learn is how to use your saw’s operator’s manual. This manual can show you any anatomy particular to your saw, such as the type and length of chain to use. The guidebook also discusses proper inspection and maintenance procedures.
Knowing the different parts of the chainsaw you are using will be crucial to the safety of your operations. As an employees, always be sure that you are familiar with and have inspected the:
- Front handle
- Chain brake
- Throttle and rear handles
- Air filters
- Fuel filters
- Muffler and spark arrestor
- Bumper spikes
When you start the saw, make sure you have three points of contact. Never drop-start a chainsaw. Drop-starting the saw reduces your steadiness and control. For the most stability, always use two hands and either the ground or a knee lock.
A knee-lock start is a startup method where you tightly grasp the rear handle of the chainsaw between your knees while starting the saw. This keeps the saw from moving too much when you pull the starting cord, giving you the stability and control you need while starting the saw.
During Chainsaw Operations
Because chainsaw operations can occur in various locations, it is critical to always be aware of your surroundings. Whether you are cutting trees in a forest, cleaning up after a hurricane, or clipping limbs along a highway, you must always consider your jobsite when preparing for operations.
Pedestrians are one of the most common hazards you’ll see during any type of operation. This includes coworkers and anyone else who may be nearby. When using your chainsaw, or even simply walking around with it, you must be alert of any other people who may be around.
Carry your chainsaw carefully if you need to wander about the jobsite with it. Keep your saw by your side, with the chain brake engaged and the motor turned off, and constantly be aware of where the blade is pointing. This will keep you and those working around you safe as you move around the jobsite.
General Site Hazards
Uneven ground, brush covering the ground, and low-hanging branches are common site dangers you will encounter during chainsaw operations. Always be sure to keep an eye on your surroundings and watch your step when moving around.
Paying attention to your footing needs to be a priority as you move about the jobsite and use your saw. Clear any brush from the ground that may catch your feet or ankles before beginning operations.
Before making a cut, check the area for any low-hanging or loose branches. If there are any low-hanging branches, remove them if they will be in the way, will hinder your job, or will fall during operations.
When felling trees, keep an eye out for individuals on the ground, both beneath and around you. Make sure the area is clear of people for at least twice the height of the tree in all directions. This will protect people from falling limbs or logs. If there is someone nearby, stop cutting and alert them to move away.
If you’re working near streets, you’ll almost certainly be working near powerlines. It is also common that you will encounter power lines during disaster cleanup and even simple operations near towns. Always keep an eye out for overhead power lines as well as power lines that may be buried or concealed. The electricity that flows through these wires is strong enough to seriously injure you if you come into contact with it. It may even be enough to prove fatal.
Distractions can also be a very serious safety issue in the workplace. You must always be aware of your surroundings, especially when operating a chainsaw. Distractions such as radios, phones, and conversations can draw your attention away from the hazards that are present.
Remember that when you are using a chainsaw it becomes your responsibility to keep yourself and others around you safe. Before even starting the machine, you should always look around to identify any hazards that could cause you harm.
Chainsaw Safety Course Outline
Here at Hard Hat Training, we offer a Chainsaw Safety Training Course. In this course, the trainee will begin by learning the general anatomy of the chainsaw. During this, they will also learn about some general things to keep in mind when performing an inspection. The course also teaches the student how to best perform certain maintenance tasks.
Once they are familiar with all the components of the saw, they will then learn about some of the most common injuries associated with chainsaw operations such as:
- Crushing injuries
- Severe muscle strains
The course will also cover all the different ways to avoid these injuries as well as other learning topics that can help to prepare you, such as:
- Different types of PPE
- Situational awareness
The trainees will then learn some of the more specific things you can do during operations to keep yourself and others safe. And finally the course will cover some extra steps for planning and precautions as well as safe cutting techniques.
Taking The Final Exam
The final exam will be made up of different formatted questions. None of the questions will ask the student for information that was not in the course itself. The trainee will be given two attempts to take and pass the final exam. The passing score is 80%. If both attempts are failed the employee will need to retake the course before being able to take the final attempt again.
Once the student has passed the final exam they will be able to download and print out their certificate. This OSHA-aligned certificate will be valid for three years after the issue date. Once the three years are up, employees will be required to either take a refresher course or retake the entire course, depending on what their employer requires.