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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.

Fitness to operate a Chainsaw

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, eg 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

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

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore participants will not be allowed to start any chainsaw course without chainsaw boots and gloves.

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

For more information and to make a booking simply click on the course title, alternatively please call our booking line on 01245 424286/7 or 01245 421782

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.

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