Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
Duration and objectives
This course is generally delivered over one day, subject to variation depending on the site requirements.
It provides operators with basic instruction in how to use a chainsaw safely and carry out simple maintenance procedures. The course is designed for people who need to crosscut timber products or small-diameter logs under controlled conditions, such as in a timber yard or manufacturing plant, or at home cutting firewood to length.
Note that people who use a chainsaw to clear windblown trees or crosscut logs in a forest environment should do the course: Trim and cut felled trees.
Outline of the Work Health and Safety Act and the operator’s ‘duty of care’
Personal protective equipment and chainsaw kit
Maintaining a professional attitude
Chainsaw safety features and general safety
The cutting attachment
Basic sharpening theory and daily maintenance (optional)
The problem of kickback
Crosscutting principles and safe work practices
FWPCOT2254: Maintain chainsaws (optional)
FWPCOT2259: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw