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.
|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
||For tree climbing operations AFAG recommends a mountaineering style helmet complying with BS EN 12492).|
|Hearing protection||BS EN 352-1|
|Eye protection mesh visor||BS EN 1731|
|Safety glasses||BS EN 166|
|Gloves||BS EN 381-7|| 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||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
|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|