This course is for anyone involved in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is required to operate Wood Chippers.

Course Content:

  • Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for wood chipping operations
  • State the principles of HSE legislation and safety guidelines for using a woodchipper
  • Select the appropriate PPE and state the maintenance requirements
  • Carry out operator checks and identify the safety features of a woodchipper
  • Carry out routine operator maintenance
  • Inspect and identify defects on the blades
  • Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop machine.
  • Prepare a work area and a range of materials for chipping and identify hazardous materials not to be chipped
  • 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 woodchips
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage

Course Length:

  • 1 day leading to Lantra or NPTC Certification