1. Follow all practices in Code of Safe Practice #5 Power Tools.
2. Use a chainsaw only if you are trained and authorized to do so.
3. Always wear appropriate clothing and PPE including a hard hat, eye protection, face shield, hearing protection, gloves, long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy boots or shoes. Leg protection in the form of cut-resistant chain saw chaps must also be worn while using a chainsaw.
4. Ensure all guards are in place prior to using power tools. Never wedge guards open or remove guards.
5. The engine must be shut off prior to refueling. After refueling, ensure any spilled fuel is properly cleaned up. Keep fuel at least 10 feet away from the work area.
6. Check your working materials carefully before proceeding. Make sure there are no nails, bolts or flaws before you cut materials with the saw.
7. Keep your hands and all body parts out of the path of the chain.
8. Do not drop start the chain saw. Start the saw by placing it on firm ground and make sure the guide bar and chain are clear of any obstructions.
9. Turn off the saw’s ignition immediately after work is finished.
10. Do not carry a saw when it is running. If you should fall, the saw could spin around and cut you severely. The engine should be stopped and the saw carried with the chain pointed to the rear.
11. Guard against kickback by ensuring that the top of the chain does not come into contact with any object or that the chain becomes pinched in a cut.
12. Maintain a firm footing and hold a running saw firmly with both hands. Keep thumbs locked around the handles, not resting on the top of the handle.
13. Operate saws that are sharp, properly lubricated and have the correct chain tension per the manufacturer’s instructions.
14. Use extreme caution to be sure the chain does not contact limbs or materials other than what is intended to be cut.
15. When cutting through an object, relax pressure near the end of the cut to maintain complete control of the saw.
16. If cutting a object on the ground, do not allow the chain to reach the floor surface.
17. Be aware that the hazards associated with chainsaw use include kickback, burns, electrocution and loss of control.
18. If felling a tree, plan a path of safe retreat away and diagonal (45°) to the line of fall. Ensure the area is clear of all personnel.