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safe use of chainsaws
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Safe use of chainsaws

Safe use of chainsaws

Failure to ensure that the risks associated with chainsaw use are reduced to an acceptable level, may lead to an accident, which invariably will put you on the wrong side of the law.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with chainsaw use and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Safe Use of Chainsaws. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and then suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”. 

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. For your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found in your workplace. 


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