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xcut_felling_200Chainsaw Refresher – recommended every three to five years to keep yours skills current with a Refresher Certificate

The forest industry is one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work in the UK.  Representatives from the leading industry organisations have joined together to form the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) which sets out the industry commitment agreed by each organisation to raise the standard of health, safety and welfare in the work place.  Anyone felling trees with a chainsaw on a commercial forestry site, and who has not undertaken any other formal chainsaw training within the previous 5 years, must have completed or registered for a Chainsaw refresher course.  Newlands Training is a registered Member of FISA.

The aim of the FISA chainsaw refresher programme is to assess current NPTC skills that are held by the candidate and then refresh accordingly.

The Instructors are looking at everything from condition and age of PPE to attitude and ability on the chainsaw.  The advantage of this is that they get a much better overall and realistic picture of the skill level, in working conditions, retained by the candidate.  If the content of units held is covered in good time then refresher training with demonstration of alternative techniques is shown.

The outcome of the FISA refresher day is then recorded in detail with points to monitor/supervise in each of the headed sections

  • Health & Safety and chainsaw checks
  • Felling trees under 380mm
  • Felling trees over 380mm
  • Take down of hung up tree

The candidate is then scored and their next refresher is set at either 5 years, 3 years or on a re-train within 6 months basis.  The feed-back recorded on the refresher course accompanies the certificate from FISA and can be shown to prospective employers or site managers.  It highlights both strengths and weaknesses to be monitored and improved upon.

Already it has produced good results from people who have been missing some important NPTC units required for their work and insurance. Many candidates have been given a full 5 year refresher period and left the FISA refresher day having acquired new knowledge from experienced instructors.

As part of the industry response, FISA have now launched this new commercial forest industry refresher course. In addition, an industry compliance date of 1st October 2013 now applies to all FISA member forestry operations.

For more information on FISA please view their website.

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