Basic Chainsaw Operator Training

This course was developed to provide chainsaw operators with a basic understanding of safe work procedures.  The purpose is to educate participants in the safe work and handling principles necessary to safety operate a chainsaw.  The course:

Note: This training does NOT qualify participants to fall trees.

Goals & Objectives
The goal of the Basic Chainsaw Operator Course is to train persons to have the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that will enable them to function as safe and productive chainsaw operators.

Basic chainsaw operator training aims to meet the minimum training requirements for chainsaw use, outlined in the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Regulation.

Two days.

Day 1: Trainer led classroom discussion with group and individual assignments; Review of relevant OHS Regulations; and hands-on work covering essential saw maintenance, correct chain filing procedures and safe cutting techniques.

Day 2: Field work including review, identification of bucking hazards, discussion of binds and practice with cuts; written exam; and the final field examination for operator competency.

Session Dates, Locations & Cost
Sessions are arranged on request through BCFSC-authorized trainers, who set rates based on class size and location.

Trainer Contact Information: Steve Telosky (250) 287-0458

What equipment and tools will I need?
Discuss with your trainer.  Typically the following will be required: Lunch, drinking water, weather-appropriate clothing, safety boots with good ankle support, personal protective equipment, hi-vis and your chainsaw & related tools. (Note: chainsaws, bucking pants and hardhats with face screens and ear muffs are available on loan from the trainer for participants who do not have their own gear.)

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