The Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation: Common Core was developed and is under the auspices of Workplace Safety North and sanctioned by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) as the approved program for pre-employment classroom training for chainsaw operators. This requirement for logging operations is noted by Reg. 851 of R.R.O. 1990 (Industrial Establishments), Sect. (104)(105)(106).
The 1.5-day classroom course consists of three modules: Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance; Safe Chainsaw Handling; and Felling and Limbing. The course content will provide the participant with the basic knowledge and skills for safe chainsaw operation in a professional logging environment. Participants will also learn how to identify and deal appropriately with a variety of hazardous sawing conditions they will encounter in their work.
Chainsaw operators employed in logging operations as defined by Regulations for Industrial Establishments or workers who wish to qualify for employment in these areas.
Equipment Required by Participants:
Personal protective equipment (PPE):
- Forestry headset (CSA-approved hardhat, ear plugs and/or ear muffs, and face screen)
- CSA-approved safety glasses (with side shields)
- Chainsaw gloves/mitts
- Chainsaw pants/chaps
- Reflective vest (or similar high-visibility clothing)
Chainsaw (ensure chainsaw is purged of fuel):
- Size and type appropriate for the work normally performed
- Properly sharpened, maintained and ready to work in full compliance with requirements of applicable legislation, with owner's manual (if possible)
Sharpening & maintenance tools:
- Combination tool
- Correct size round file with handle
- Filing guide
- Depth gauge tool
- Flat file with handle
- Small screwdriver (to fit carburetor adjustment screws)
- Chainsaw grease gun, rag
- Spark plug gap tool, wire brush, emery paper
- Chain owner's manual
- Felling bar
- Axe (with sheath)
The basic knowledge and skill provided by this training should be supplemented by on-the-job supervision, practice and experience before evaluation for certification under the MTCU modular training guidelines up to one year after the common core is completed.
Currently there are no sessions scheduled for this course. Please contact one of our Customer Care Representatives or call 1-888-730-7821 to inquire about future course openings or to be placed on a wait list for this course.