Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness Refresher

About the Course

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend all chainsaw operators have regular refresher / update training to ensure they work to industry best practice and maintain their levels of competence. The suggested intervals for such training are:
  • Occasional users - every 2 to 3 years
  • Full time users - every 5 years
A Writtle University College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

Participants must already hold an Aerial Tree Cutting qualification.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Equipment is provided for this course but participants may prefer, for their comfort and safety, to bring their own climbing equipment as outlined below.

All tree climbing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and rigging equipment must comply with LOLER Regulations. This means that trainees must be able to produce evidence that their equipment has been thoroughly examined by a “competent person” (in the last 6 months for climbing equipment and 12 months for rigging equipment), and also inspected weekly with an accompanying record which can verify this.

EQUIPMENT LIST FOR AERIAL CUTTING
  • Approved tree climbing harness in good condition. CE marked with leg loops
  • 2 x Climbing ropes - min 12mm, 35-50m long required with manufacturers eye and without any defects
  • 6 x self-locking 3 movement Karabiners
  • 5 x Prussik loops or split tails or similar
  • 1 x adjustable strop for climbing and rescue recommended 5m in length must have a manufacturers eye
  • 1 x Set of climbing spikes
  • 1 x Top or rear handled chainsaw
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
  • A safety helmet (the HSE Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) recommends a mountaineering-style helmet complying with BS EN 12492).
  • Eye protection (complying with either BS EN 1731 or BS EN 166).
  • Hearing protection (complying with BS EN 352).
  • Suitable gloves appropriate to the task and subject to the operator’s risk assessment.
  • Leg protection* and groin protection (complying with BS EN 381-5). AFAG recommends Type C leg protection for aerial work because of the high all-round chainsaw cut protection. However, where wearing Type C is impractical (eg because of the higher risk of heat stress associated with it), it may be appropriate to use Type A, where justified by risk assessment.
  • Protective boots* with good grip and protective guarding at front vamp and instep (complying with BS EN ISO 20345).
  • Non-snag outer clothing. The use of high-visibility clothing may also be appropriate.
  • As a minimum, climbers should carry a personal first-aid kit, incorporating a large wound dressing, barrier gloves, plasters and a whistle.
  • Climbers may carry a knife with either a lockable folding blade or a fixed blade held in a protective sheath.
  • Hand-cleaning materials such as waterless skin cleanser or soap, water and paper towels should be readily available.
If you are using your own equipment, our instructor will check that it is safe to use and complies with industry best practise and must come with relevant LOLER inspection paperwork.

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:4


Course Dates

Course dates are not currently available. Please email us to register your interest and we will contact you when dates have been arranged.