Duration: One day per machine type for novices. (CLMC35X) One day for experienced operators. (evidence of experience required – CLMC35R
Group Size: 4 for novices. (CLMC35X) 6 for experienced operators. (evidence of experience required – CLMC35R) 4 for trainee machine. 6 for refresher training.
Who should attend: All persons employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is or will be required to operate Woodchippers. Inexperienced members may require longer than the stated guide times to fully utilise the information supplied.
Course aims: The course aims to ensure learners are aware how to use and maintain portable abrasive wheel equipment safely. (Disc Cutter/Grinder)
Upon completion of the course the learners will cover the following content:
Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for wood chipping operations
State the principles of HSE legislation and safety guidelines for using a wood chipper
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
The use of the manufacturer’s instruction book is stressed at all times to ensure maintenance and adjustments are carried out to manufacturers’ recommendations
Personal Protective Equipment
Routine checks and maintenance
Cutter and anvil checks
Start machine and carry out safety checks
Preparation of site, machine and materials
Operation of woodchipper
End uses of woodchip
Cleaning, transport and storage
Certification: This is an Integrated Training and Assessment (ITA) course, and successful learners will receive a Certificate of Basic Training and ID card.
NB: Learners must supply their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for this course.
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