Chainsaw Refresher Training
In our Chainsaw operator section, there is a selection of 4 different FISA courses to choose from depending on your particular needs and site circumstances. Three of the courses are for Chainsaw Operators and one is for those in a Forest Works Manager or Supervisory role. Please contact us with any enquires you have about FISA refresher training.
This course is ideally designed for the harvesting operators working regularly on commercial production sites and will cover update training a variety of felling and takedown techniques. It will cover trees sizes up to and in excess of 2 guide bar lengths. (Provided such trees are available on site and the operators have CS32), and cover the requirements expected in standing crops.
The trainees will be given instruction on site preparation, risk assessment, PPE and equipment preparation. It will provide instruction on take down techniques and the use of a variety of aid tools including lift wedges and hydraulic wedge techniques where available and requested.
RAG reports will be issued for all attendees with specific recommendations for R and A outcomes.
1 day for a maximum of 4 trainees.
Felling trees with chainsaws can be one of the most dangerous activities in forestry, and it is essential that such activities are carried out by highly skilled and competent operators. Certificates of competence were introduced in the early 1990s to improve operator safety, but despite this development the accident rate remains unacceptably high.
Improving chainsaw safety is one of the priority goals of the UK Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA). This initiative, led by a cross industry working group, includes a new scheme for update and refresher training for chainsaw operators. It is targeted at certificated operators who have not received any formally recorded chainsaw training for a period longer than five years.
The scheme is not a recertification – it is a measure of competency and an opportunity to refresh existing skills and learn new techniques. It is designed to enable the forest industry to comply with guidance from HSE, which recommends that all chainsaw operators have regular (deemed to be at least every 5 years) refresher training to ensure that they work to industry good practice and maintain their level of competence. The scheme allows two approaches to refresher training: Tailored or Standard.
The FISA scheme has been endorsed by all of the leading Forest industry players including the Forestry Commission.
FISA and the other endorsing organisations recommend that individual businesses, landowners, managers and members of the endorsing organisations all adopt the scheme.
Post the compliance date, contract awards will require chainsaw operators and Supervisors to demonstrate that they have undertaken formally recorded chainsaw training within the five-year period immediately prior to the commencement of any operation/contract with participating organisations.
Please contact us for more information.
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