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Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It is essential that any one using a chainsaw either on or off the ground is provided with and wears appropriate PPE. Further information is contained in the following Table and the safety topic section.

Further information on Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment
Equipment BS or EN standard Using chainsaw Not using chainsaw Working at height Working on the ground Comments
Safety helmet BS EN 397
BS EN 12492
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Tick For tree climbing operations AFAG recommends a mountaineering style helmet complying with BS EN 12492).
Hearing protection BS EN 352-1 Tick   Tick Tick  
Eye protection mesh visor BS EN 1731 Tick   Tick Tick  
Safety glasses BS EN 166 Tick   Tick Tick  
Gloves BS EN 381-7 Tick     Tick Suitable gloves for the task and subject to the operator’s risk assessment.
Consider the need for protection from cuts from the chainsaw, thorny material and cold/wet conditions. Where chainsaw protection is required this should be to BS EN 381-7
Leg and groin protection BS EN 381-5 Tick   Tick Tick AFAG recommends Type C leg protection for aerial work, because of the high all-round chainsaw cut protection. Where wearing Type C is impractical (e.g. because of the higher risk of heat stress), it may be appropriate to use Type A, where justified by risk assessment.
Chainsaw boots BS EN 381-3.
BS EN ISO 20345:2004
Tick   Tick Tick Protective boots with good grip and protective guarding at front vamp and instep
Gaiters BS EN 381-9         For occasional users working in even ground where there is little risk of tripping or snagging on undergrowth or brash, worn in combination with steel toe-capped safety boots
Outer clothing           Non-snag

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