Using a Chainsaw Safely 

Chainsaws are powerful tools which can be dangerous if not used properly. It is imperative to follow safety guidelines when using a chainsaw in order to prevent accidents and injuries.

Safety guidelines when using a chainsaw: 

Complete training: Before using a chainsaw, it is important to get training from a qualified instructor. This training will teach you how to use the chainsaw safely. 

Wear personal protective equipment (PPE): When using a chainsaw, you should always wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including: 

  • Hard hat 
  • Safety glasses 
  • Hearing protection 
  • Chaps 
  • Steel-toed boots 
  • Gloves


Inspect the chainsaw before use: Before using a chainsaw, it is important to inspect it for any damage. If the chainsaw is damaged in any way, remove from use. 

Start the chainsaw properly: When starting the chainsaw, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. 

Use the chainsaw in a safe area: Do not use a chainsaw in an area where there are people or animals nearby. Ensure the area is clear of obstacles before you start cutting. 

Keep your body in a safe position: When using a chainsaw, keep your body in a safe position. Do not overreach or stand on unstable surfaces. 

Use the correct technique: When cutting with a chainsaw, use the correct technique. Do not force the saw. Let the saw do the work. 

Be aware of kickback: Kickback is a sudden and powerful reaction that can occur when the chainsaw hits an object. To avoid kickback, keep the saw close to your body and never cut with the tip of the saw. 

Turn off the chainsaw when not in use: When you are not using the chainsaw, turn it off and put it away in a safe place. 

Store the chainsaw properly: Store in a dry place where it will not be exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures. 

Additional safety tips when using a chainsaw: 

  • Do not use a chainsaw if you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and ensure you have a clear path to escape in case of an emergency. 
  • Do not cut wet wood. Wet wood is more likely to bind the saw and cause kickback. 
  • Do not cut overhead. If you must cut overhead, use a ladder or scaffolding to ensure a safe footing. 
  • Do not cut near power lines. If you must cut near power lines, call a professional. 
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of chainsaw accidents, such as cuts, bruises, and shock. If you experience any of these, seek medical attention immediately. 


By following these safety tips, you can help to prevent accidents and injuries when using a chainsaw. 

The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a wide range of EHS topics 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Risk assessment template covering use of a chainsaw 
  • Management system to document control the policy on equipment use 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of work activity working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on equipment use 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving work equipment both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding work equipment to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 




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