Safe Use of Wood Chippers

Safe Use of Wood Chippers CLM35X/R

Who is the course for?

Anyone employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is required to operate Wood chippers.


To enable course members to:

  • 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 & maintenance and identify the safety features of a wood chipper
  • Inspect and identify defects on blades
  • Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop machine
  • Prepare work area, a range of  material for chipping and identify hazardous materials not to be chipper
  • 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 wood chips
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage

NB: The use of the manufacture’s instruction book is stressed at all times to ensure the maintenance and adjustments are carried out to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Course Details:

An Integrated training and assessment (ITA) only.

Duration: 1 day per machine. Maximum of 4 trainees per course.

1 day refresher for experienced operators who already hold a Lantra qualification or who can verify they have had minimum of 2 years’ experience.   Maximum of 6 trainees per course.

Certification gained:  Lantra Certificate of Competence, valid for 5 years.

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