A detailed 16 page work method statement on chainsaw safety and chainsaw safety procedures that includes an employee evaluation and sign off. Details included in chainsaw safety include risk management, chainsaw hazards and control measures, Chainsaw parts, Pre-start safety checklist, PPE, first aid precautions, chainsaw starting technique, chainsaw operating techniques, types of cuts, kickback, chainsaw refuelling precautions, chainsaw transport, chainsaw storage and a list of basic chainsaw safety rules. A 2 page employee evaluation is also included in the work method statement. Chainsaw Safety is a must have safety procedure.
How to Use Chainsaws Safely
Chain saws are relatively common and appear to be simple to operate. However, they are the most dangerous hand tool that can be purchased. There are around 800 injuries from the use of chain saws in Australia and around 30,000 in the United States each year.
The most common injuries are deep gashes to the hands, feet, knees and head, and in logging operations injuries to the head, shoulders and upper arms are very common. The average injury from a chain saw requires 110 stitches.
If you are to operate a chain saw it is essential that you develop a professional attitude and approach to all aspects of chainsaw use. A professional attitude and approach involves:
1. Carefully planning what you are going to do with the chainsaw.
2. Conducting a risk assessment on the use of the chainsaw
3. Concentrating on the task at all times.
4. Conducting a safety check prior to the use of the chainsaw.
5. Using sound low risk techniques.
6. Taking care of your equipment.
7. Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
8. Caring about the environment.
Using a chainsaw has a number of inherent risks that the operator must be aware of in order to minimise the possibility of accidents or injury. It is critical that you conduct a risk assessment of the work you are about to do. In this risk assessment you must identify the hazards in the work place related to the use of the chainsaw, and eliminating or reducing the risks associated with these hazards.....
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