|OSHA requires the following practices when using a chain saw:
Before Starting the Saw [29 CFR 1910.266(e)(1)
While Running the Saw [29 CFR 1910.266(e)(2)]
- Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure they are functioning
properly and adjusted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Fuel the saw at least 10 feet from sources of ignition.
- Start the saw at least 10 feet from fueling area, with chain brake engaged, and with the
chainsaw on the ground or otherwise firmly supported.
- Check the fuel container for
the following requirements: [29 CFR 1910 Subpart H and 29 CFR 1910.266(d)(9)]
- Must be metal or plastic
- Must not exceed a 5 gallon capacity
- Must be approved by the Department of Transportation
(DOT), or other Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
Checklist for Field Use: Chain Saw
- Keep hands on the handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the chainsaw.
- Clear the area of obstacles that might interfere with cutting the tree or using the retreat path.
- Do not cut directly overhead.
- Shut off or throttle released prior to retreating.
- Shut off or the chain brake engaged whenever the saw is carried more than 50 feet, or on hazardous terrain.