Safe Use of Wood Chippers

Safe Use of Wood Chippers

Who is the course for?

Anyone employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is required to operate Wood chippers.


To enable course members to:

  • Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for wood chipping operations
  •  State the principles of HSE Legislation and safety guidelines for using a wood chipper
  • Select the appropriate PPE and state the maintenance requirements
  • Carry out operator checks & maintenance and identify the safety features of a wood chipper
  • Inspect and identify defects on blades
  • Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop machine
  • Prepare work area, a range of  material for chipping and identify hazardous materials not to be chipper
  • Use approved techniques to chip woody brash and both short and long sections of timber, safely and effectively
  • State the procedure for removing blockages
  • State the safety and environmental factors associated with the disposal of woodchips and the various end-uses of wood chips
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage

NB: The use of the manufacture’s instruction book is stressed at all times to ensure the maintenance and adjustments are carried out to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Course Details:

An Integrated training and assessment (ITA) only.

Duration: 1 day per machine. Maximum of 4 trainees per course.

1 day refresher for experienced operators who already hold a Lantra qualification or who can verify they have had minimum of 2 years’ experience.   Maximum of 6 trainees per course.

Certification gained:  Lantra Certificate of Competence, valid for 5 years.

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