This course is ideally suited to arborists, foresters, estate workers, landscape gardeners… indeed anyone who needs to be able to maintain and operate a manually fed wood chipper to ensure all wood chipping equipment is operated safely.
Because models and makes vary, we always refer to the manufacturer’s handbook, so that the learning really is tailored to your needs. This means maintenance and adjustments can be carried out to the specific wood chipper model requirements.
Risk Assessment; legislation; PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); pre-use checks; safety features; routine checks and maintenance; cutter and anvil checks; start the machine and carry out safety checks; preparation of a site, the machine and the materials; operation of a wood chipper; unblocking the wood chipper; end uses for wood chip; cleaning, transport and storage.
Participants will learn to perform the following skills with an emphasis on safety
- Understand legal requirements regarding the use of woodchippers
- Select the appropriate protective clothing
- Carry out operator checks and identify the safety features of a woodchipper
- Carry out routine operator maintenance
- Inspect and identify defects on blades
- Prepare the machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop the machine
- Prepare the work area and a range of material for chipping
- Use approved techniques to chip woody brash and both short and long sections of timber safely and effectively
- Carry out the correct procedure for removing blockages
- Prepare the machine for transport and storage
ARE THERE ANY PER-REQUISITES? You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the training and assessment. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment. 2 passport sized photograph are required.
DURATION – 1 Day
ACCREDITATION – City and Guilds/NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence