Occasional Use Chainsaw Course

Occasional Use Chainsaw Course


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Chainsaws are powerful and dangerous tools, therefore it is essential when operating and maintaining them that you have total confidence and expertise in what you are doing, so avoiding accidents.

Our two day chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting course for occasional users* will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are not only confident when using a chainsaw but also aware of relevant health and safety guidelines making sure you stay protected.

*If you are using a chainsaw in a professional capacity it is recommended you register for our Basic Chainsaw Course NPTC City & Guilds – Qualification No’s: 00203/00204


Identification of the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks

Identification of required safety and health features on a chainsaw

Preparing the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication

Starting the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner

Carrying out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests

Possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks

Organisation of site safety and state the procedures required

Identification of faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention

Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their serviceability

Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook

Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths

Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber

Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar

Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.

Duration: 2 Days

Accreditation: Lantra Certified