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    Chainsaw Safe Operations

The aim of this course is to produce an operator that can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes for all essential areas of the units of competency covered under Industry "best practice" guidelines for basic operation of a chainsaw in the workplace.

The trainee will be able to demonstrate the appropriate responsibilities of a chainsaw operator with emphasis on safe operation and accident prevention.

Course Objectives
Theoretical and practical lessons covering the following topics: 
  • Requirements relating to the transport and use of chainsaw fuel.
  • Personal protection and first aid requirements for chainsaw operators.
  • Check a chainsaw and its components.
  • Chainsaw functions.
  • Hazards which influence the operation of the chainsaw.
  • Prepare to operate a chainsaw.
  • Start and test a chainsaw.
  • Use a chainsaw to make cuts.

Course Options
One Day course:
The one day course is designed for delivery where a company has a relevant health and safety program active in the field where chainsaws are to be used, and where this can be documented and verified utilising a form provided by VHNZ. This one day course can also be delivered as a refresher course for those already holding the unit standards.

Two Day course:
The two day course is designed for delivery when new staff require full initiation into the safe use of a chainsaw from both a health and safety and practical experience. This is the preferred option for those companies seeking a highlighted health and safety chainsaw operation element to meet "best practice" requirements, or where it is felt more practical experience time would be beneficial because chainsaw work may involve a wider variety of cutting scenarios; i.e. hanging limbs, uneven terrain, variable environmental conditions.

NZQA Unit Standards
One Day Programme
6917 Demonstrate basic chainsaw operation (practical, 7 hours)

Two Day Programme
6916 Demonstrate knowledge of the rules relating to chainsaw use (theory, 7 hours)
6917 Demonstrate basic chainsaw operation (practical, 7 hours)

Attendance Numbers     Minimum of 6, Maximum of 8 per trainer

Entry Criteria
The course requires a level of fitness to demonstrate competency for the skill being trained.

Refresher Course Scheduling
Where the use of chainsaws is not an employee's core job, and recognising the dangerous nature of operating a chainsaw, it is recommended as "best practice" that refresher training is completed every two years.
Attendance Numbers: Minimum 6, Maximum 10 Course                            Duration: 1 day

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