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TREE WORK CONTRACTORS TO HAVE CHAINSAW CERTIFICATE/AWARDS

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The Health and Safety Executive has announced changes that affect the use of chainsaws at work. The changes, which ...
The Health and Safety Executive has announced changes that affect the use of chainsaws at work. The changes, which are part of the new Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER

98), are aimed at reducing tree work accidents. From 5th December

1998, foresters and arborists working with chainsaws on or in trees

will be expected to hold recognised chainsaw competence

certificates/awards relevant to their work.

David Mattey, the HSE's chief agricultural inspector said: 'Proper

training for all work with chainsaws is vital to protect operator's

safety. For use of chainsaws in tree work, a voluntary certification

scheme has been in existence for past 10 years. More recently awards

have also become available through national vocational

qualifications. With the new regulations HSE, with the support of

the industry, have taken the step of making these certificates/awards

the accepted standard of training for professional chainsaw work on

or in trees.

'Many of the more conscientious businesses in tree work already have

certificated operators. This will force those who have been ignoring

their legal duties for training to come in line with a recognised

standard.

'Every year foresters and arborists are fatally and

seriously injured when working with chainsaws. We believe accidents

can be reduced by making all professional chainsaw operatives hold

certificates/awards relevant to their work. Where necessary HSE

inspectors will be using their enforcement powers to make this

happen.'

Notes

1. Further information on chainsaw training can be obtained from:

Forestry and Arboricultural Safety and Training Council

(FASTCo), 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT. Tel: 0131

314 6193/6247 Fax: 0131 316 4344 e-mail

fastco@forestry.gov.uk;

Lantra NTO Ltd, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh,

Kenilworth, Warks CV8 2LG. Tel: 01203 696996 Fax: 01203 696732

e-mail nto@lantra.co.uk.

The Forestry Contracting Association Ltd, Dafling, Blairdaff,

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5AL. Tel: 01467 651368 Fax:

01467 651595 e-mail karen@fcauk.com

2. Further information on national competence

certificates/awards in England and Wales can be obtained from:

National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC), National

Agricultural Centre, Kenilworth, Warks CV8 2LG. Tel: 01203

696553 Fax: 01203 696128;

Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA), 29 Bolton Street,

London W1Y 7PD. Tel: 0171 509 5555 Fax: 0171 509 6961.

3. Further information on national competence certificates/awards

in Scotland can be obtained from:

Scottish Skills Testing Service (SSTS), Ingliston, Edinburgh,

EH28 8NE. Tel: 0131 333 2040 Fax: 0131 333 2488;

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Hanover House, 24

Douglas Street Glasgow G2 7NQ. Tel 0141 248 7900 Fax: 0141 242

2244.

Copies of Information Sheets: 'PUWER 98: How the regulations apply

to agriculture and forestry' AIS27: 'LOLER: How the regulations apply

to agriculture are available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury,

Suffolk, CO10 6FS, tel: 01787-881165 or fax: 01787-313995. Priced

publications are also available from good booksellers.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES: Call HSE's InfoLine, tel: 0541 545500, or write

to: HSE Information Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield, S3 7HQ.

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