Ohio Forestry Association To Host Chainsaw Safety Training Opportunity

The Ohio Forestry Association is hosting a one-day chainsaw safety and maintenance class on either Friday, November 15 or Saturday, November 16. The classes will be Chainsaw Safety Awareness that Works (CSAW) Level 1. Level 1 is a full 8-hour class with a lecture portion in the morning and a hands-on portion in the afternoon.

The topics covered in the lecture portion of Level 1 are: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safety features of the chainsaw head, five-point safety check, maintenance of the power head and guide bar, components of the saw tooth, angles and their functions, proper filing, and the reactive forces of the chain and guide bar.

The topics covered in the field section of the class are: benefits of open-face felling, benefits of using a hinge & bore method, five step pre-felling plan, tree felling demonstration, and participant tree felling.

At the end of the program participants should be able to list and discuss all topics covered in the morning lecture portion as well as demonstrate felling a tree using the five step pre-felling plan, open face felling, and the hinge & bore method.

The November 15 or November 16 classes will be held from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Maumee State Forest, 3390 County Road D, Swanton, Ohio. Cost is $150 per person, or $100 per person if you are an OFA member (lunch included).

There are limited seats available for each class and interested parties should contact Pam at OFA: 614-497-9580 x 3134 to reserve a seat. Appropriate safety gear is required to participate in the field section of the training. More information can be found at: http://www.ohioforest.org/


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