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 Categories : Forestry & Arboriculture


Let’s start with safety – yours – and the safety of everyone else around you.Then there is property and other trees in the vicinity to think about.  Everything is considered and explained during our chainsaw training courses to keep you operating a chainsaw efficiently and safely to minimise the risk of damage or injury.


Using a chainsaw in the workplace falls under the PUWER Regulations (provision and use of work equipment regulations) and it is required that operators of chainsaws receive adequate training and are considered to be a competent user before operating a chainsaw at work. PUWER regulations cover all equipment in the workplace and are a legal requirement.  The HSE guide-lines are the basis of our chainsaw training courses and we offer nationally recognized certification on completion of our training and assessment programmes.  City& Guilds NPTC or Lantra Awards qualifications are required for work in the forestry and arboriculture industry and the Lantra  Awards occasional user programme is perfect for people who are not making a career with their chainsaw but want to work safely and efficiently.


Insurance claims can be invalid if the chainsaw operator is not adequately trained, competent and wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment.


There is always a movement of chainsaw operators around the forestry and arboriculture industries and to hold the correct Certification for your skills will make you more employable.   If it comes to a toss-up between somebody with experience and somebody with an appropriate certificate, the latter will probably get the job.


Currently we are experiencing a demand for refresher training as once again the pressure is coming from land owners like the Forestry Commission who are insisting on a current chainsaw certificate of competency.   Refresher training is recommended every 5 years to stay current.  New refresher programmes are currently being developed.


Good news travels fast and if you can do a top class job, have insurance cover and are working within legal guide-lines then you will be highly recommended by your clients and word of mouth is the best testimonial for your work and your continuing business.


Newlands Training’s chainsaw courses cover maintenance of chainsaws and equipment such as ropes and harness.   The courses teach you the very best way to operate the chainsaw and care of equipment in line with current legislation and safety guidelines.


Wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is also part of our training courses.   What you need as a basic minimum is discussed during the training sessions and recommendations are made.


Networking is an unexpected advantage of attending a training course.  You will be spending time with people working in the same industry and valuable connections can be made.


The cost of training is far less than the cost of a fine by HSE if unhappily an incident occurs and you are found to be negligent.   HSE fines can run into thousands of pounds and are damaging to a business reputation.


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