Chainsaw Safety Training (CAN) -
Online Course

Chainsaw Safety Training (CAN)

This online course is I-CAB recognized and covers basic chainsaw safety according to Canadian laws. Knowing how to use a chainsaw safely is important in many applications, which include construction, forestry, manufacturing, mining, and disaster clean-up. The Canada Labour Code, Part II, requires training for all equipment operated by personnel, including chainsaws. Chainsaws are very useful tools since they can cut through many materials in a fraction of the time required with handsaws. However, the cutting power of a chainsaw also makes it dangerous, especially when the operator has not received proper training. When used incorrectly, a chainsaw can cause severe injuries or even death. To prevent injuries while using chainsaws, workers must be aware of the most common hazards and mistakes. Once they are aware of the accident types that are likely to happen, workers can avoid them more effectively.
Chainsaws are subject to regulations from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). The basic PPE requirements for a chainsaw operator include:

  • CSA-approved eye protection: Safety glasses with lateral shields, goggles or face shields
  • Hard hats
  • Hearing protection
  • Foot protection, which must be cut-resistant
  • Leather gloves with ballistic nylon
  • Leg protection clothing with ballistic nylon pads

Depending on the application, a chainsaw operator may also require fall protection equipment like belts, harnesses or lanyards. Also, some companies may require industry-specific training before their workers can use a chainsaw.

Understanding the Hazards of Using a Chainsaw

Chainsaws are powerful devices, and operators must be aware of all the forces they can produce. These forces include kickback, pull-in and pushback, and unfamiliar users may lose their grip when they occur. Workers must also consider that chainsaws produce noise and vibration, even when cuts are clean, and may send debris flying at high speed.
Workers should become familiarized with the types of chainsaws and their components, and the following key procedures:

  • Necessary preparations
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Safety measures
  • Chain fitting
  • Starting and stopping a chainsaw correctly
  • Proper stance for holding and using a chainsaw
  • Proper cutting techniques and best practices
  • Post-use inspection and other procedures

Operators must also conduct a site assessment, to identify risks and ensure that the chainsaw can be used safely. With proper training, chainsaw users can learn to identify and avoid the hazards specific to each application. Operator fatigue is also a major risk, and chainsaws should only be used by workers who are fully aware and well-rested.
When dealing with chainsaws, adequate training can be considered an investment. Workers are protected from potentially fatal injuries, while companies can avoid downtime.

Course Topics

The Chainsaw Safety Training course consists of the following topics:

  • Understanding the anatomy of a chainsaw
  • Inspecting a saw properly
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Best practices for safe operation
  • Main hazards when using a chainsaw

I-CAB Approved

This content developer is recognized by the International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB) for its expertise in this subject matter and is listed as a competency development resource for I-CAB assessment participants.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 45 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

Chainsaw Safety Training (CAN) - Online Course