Enjoy learning new skills from our industry experts in a professional and friendly environment. Many of these short courses take place in a nearby woodland; candidates should be prepared to drive to different locations.

These intensive practical courses require a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical data. Candidates will be reading and interpreting information such as safety instructions in preparation for NPTC independent assessment.

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations, it is a requirement that participants bring their own chainsaw boots and gloves when attending any chainsaw training or assessment.

Fitness to operate a Chainsaw

Chainsaws are potentially dangerous machines which can cause major injury. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide guidance on the use of chainsaws. For your safety, please read the information below carefully.

Operators need to be reasonably fit, both physically and mentally if they are to use a chainsaw safely. People with disabilities do not need to be excluded from work with chainsaws, but medical advice may restrict the tasks they can do and require increased supervision.

Certain medical conditions may affect the ability of a person to operate a chainsaw safely. Seek further medical advice if prospective operators have any condition affecting, e.g. their:

  • Mobility (eg arthritis, stroke)
  • Alertness (eg diabetes or alcohol/drug dependency)
  • Physical strength (eg heart conditions)
  • Vision (which cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses)
  • Manual dexterity/grip strength (eg vibration white finger)
  • Balance (eg vertigo, giddiness or epilepsy)

Operators need to inform their employers when they are taking prescribed medication which may affect their ability to operate a chainsaw safely.

The above is not reproduced in its entirety, but extracted from HSE - Chainsaw At Work - INDG317(rev2), published 01/13

For more information and to make a booking simply click on the course title, alternatively please call our booking line 01245 424286/7.

Writtle University College reserves the right to withdraw any short course where there is insufficient demand; we will in this instance transfer the place or offer a refund. All bookings are made subject to our booking terms and conditions

To avoid disappointment please book at least three weeks in advance.

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