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Chainsaw Protective Clothing (PPE)

Chainsaw Protective ClothingWhen using a chainsaw we would always recommend wearing Chainsaw Protective Clothing or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

If you are working out in the field, the Protective Clothing should be signal coloured to ensure you are clearly visible in the open.

Protective equipment must be tested in accordance with applicable international rules and standards within the EU and the US (CE/ISO/UL marking).

These requirements may vary by country. You can obtain further information from your local servicing dealer.

For your own sake, never leave out any part of the personal protective equipment!

Head Protection

Head Protection consists of a helmet, protective glasses or visor, and ear defenders.

Helmet

The helmet is designed to protect you against impact with the cutter bar of the chainsaw in the event of a kickback. (It can only protect you from this if the chain brake has operated because a chain running at full speed will easily cut the helmet.) 

It is also designed to protect you from impacts from falling objects like branches.

The plastic in the helmet ages and becomes brittle due mainly to UV radiation. For this reason, you should replace the helmet within 5 years after the date of manufacture, or a maximum of 3 years after removing from its original packaging.

The Husqvarna helmets have a calendar where you mark the first day of usage.

Visor and/or Glasses

The visor should cover all of your face to protect against scratches, chips and sawdust spray. Protective glasses provide additional protection for your eyes.

Ear Defenders

Ear defenders  protect against harmful loud noises. A chainsaw is very loud, with a noise level of (typically) 115 dB.

The inserts for your ear defenders will eventually become worn so it is important that you replace them regularly.

Forestry Jacket/Shirt

The forestry jacket should provide full upper body coverage.

It is important that a chainsaw operator is comfortable – loss of concentration is far more likely when you are uncomfortable and could lead to accidents. Clothing should therefore be neither too loose nor too tight, and should be ventilated.

When working out in the field it should be signal coloured.

Protective Trousers/Chaps

Chainsaw Protective FabricsProtective trousers must be fitted with saw protection that meets international standards.

The saw protection consists of a lining with several layers of very long fibres that become entangled in the chain and stop it in a fraction of a second.

It is important that you follow the manufacturer’s washing guidelines.

If you cut into the protective layers, the trousers must be discarded.

Protective Boots

The boots should be fitted with protective toe caps, saw protection and deep treaded soles (anti-slip protection) in accordance with international standards.

Work Gloves

You should always wear work gloves to protect against cuts and scratches, oils and fuels. Gloves with saw protection in the left hand also protect you from the saw chain.

First Aid

You should always have a first aid kit easily accessible and close at hand. A first aid box should always be available in the felling zone.

Communications Equipment In The Event Of Accidents

In case of accident, you must quickly summon help. Always carry a whistle and a mobile phone or radio at the felling site.

We would like to thank Husqvarna for information supplied that was used in compiling this guide. Husqvarna Chainsaws are considered by many to be the best chainsaws on the market.

Husqvarna Automower 450X

Automower 450X

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