No one likes making mistakes and when it comes to caring for, choosing or wearing your chainsaw protection, that is no exception. Making any mistake can leave room for error and given chainsaw chaps and pants have the potential to save your life – it is important you get it right.
For those operating in the professional tree care industry – whether you are a seasoned arborist, experienced groundie or in charge of procuring safety for your crew, you will no doubt be familiar with chainsaw protection. In this post we will provide 18 examples of common mistakes that can occur when choosing, using and caring for chainsaw chaps and pants and some tips on how you can avoid making these mistakes.
Why is chainsaw protection important?
A chainsaw operator has three lines of defence: education, good technique, and personal protective equipment (PPE). When the first two fail, PPE can save your life.
The thought of chainsaw injuries resulting in death is very confronting. In 2012, 243 workers died while engaging in tree-trimming and clearing activities (OSHA, 2012). The impact chainsaw injuries can have on a business is huge. Not only can it look unprofessional, but there is also lost income and it can hinder ability to carry out future jobs efficiently. In most instances, serious injury or fatality as a result of a chainsaw can all be prevented with the use of PPE. So, what are the 18 Top Mistakes with Choosing, Using and Caring for Chainsaw Chaps and Pants?
Firstly, the one used by British Columbia, WCB Standard PPE 1-1997 Leg Protective Devices. This was later called the WorkSafeBC Standard – Leg Protective Devices, and was included as Schedule 8.21 in their OHSR regulations.
In October 2010, WorkSafe issued an “Explanatory Note” advising that the testing facility for testing to this standard had closed and that other international standards should be recognised. One such standard is ASTM F1897. However, rather than adopt its criteria for cut-resistance of 2750 ft/min, WorkSafeBC specified a chainspeed of 3300 ft/min as being more appropriate for worker safety. This remains the current standard for British Columbia (18 December 2020).
The one used by the rest of Canada was CAN/BNQ 1923 issued by the Bureau de Normalisation du Quebec in 1991. Although this standard was withdrawn some years ago, it continued to be the accepted standard for chainsaw protective clothing and could be tested against by Underwriters Laboratory. This standard and its replacement is the focus of this post.
Like all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you should regularly maintain and clean Clogger chainsaw pants and chaps to ensure that they remain fully functional. Regular maintenance will also extend the life of your Clogger chainsaw protective apparel.
Clogger products use a range of advanced textiles and fibres that have various finishes and coatings. These all have different properties that need to be considered and understood carefully.
This guide provides users of Clogger chainsaw protective apparel comprehensive advice on how to clean, maintain and inspect your Clogger gear so that you get the most out of your investment.
The use of chainsaw chaps or pants is important. Really important. Continuing cases of chainsaw injuries show that there is a real need to educate chainsaw operators on not only wearing chainsaw protection but also selecting the best chainsaw protective product for their situation, how to maintain chainsaw protective garments and other critical questions.
In this post, we review the most common questions asked about chainsaw protection and provide the answers that you need.
Zenitec restarted limited manufacturing and shipping for essential services while taking precautions as required by New Zealand’s Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions.
We previously shut down on site operations and enabled remote working for our employees.
The number of people needed for our manufacturing and supply operations will be kept to a minimum. Our aim is to create a work environment that is as safe as possible for the people whose jobs require being on site.
Our manufacturing and distribution team is following our PPE, Hygiene and Safe Distance Policy in line with the current Ministry of Health guidelines.
These steps include:
• Maintaining a safe distance of greater than 2 metres between team members
• Following good hygiene practices of hand washing and sanitising
• Ensuring that team members who are unwell stay away from the workplace
New Zealand is
in lockdown for two weeks more weeks and the Clogger team knows how hard it is
to keep kids entertained and we know that it’s even harder for all the older
outdoorsy forced to stay at home.
So we decided to publish our first ever (and probably only) colouring book! For young and old, lovers of bold colours or darker ones, this is your chance to recreate Clogger’s most famous PPE in your favourite colours.
New Zealand will be shutting down effective 11.59 pm on Wednesday (New Zealand time) as part of the move to the level 4 restrictions to contain COVID-19. Part of these restrictions is that non-essential businesses must close for the next four weeks.
After today, we will not be able to manufacture or ship non-essential products until the level 4 designation is lowered. We will continue to manufacture on an as needed basis for our Nortec medical line and are looking at opportunities to support the healthcare supply chains in any way we can.
If we receive critical orders from customers that the New Zealand government recognize as essential businesses, we will do our best to reopen production in a limited way in total compliance with our COVID-19 response plan to support these customers.
Our team will be available over this time via email or phone if you have any questions.
All the best and stay healthy.
Lincoln Smith Director Zenitec – home of Clogger, Harvestwear and Nortec Medical
The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us.
At Clogger, we are safety first, and we do what we do with the belief that we can improve lives by providing better chainsaw protection. Our goal is to make sure that our customers and retail partners can continue to access our chainsaw protective products through this crisis.
We are doing this in the following ways.
We are planning to go ahead with our Pink Zero campaign to support student and recently graduated women arborists. The new products that we have been working on will still be launched. Upgrades and improvements are still being made. We will get through this crisis and we want to make sure that we continue to build for the future.
In Our Facility
New Zealand is still relatively isolated from the Convid 19
crisis however we expect that to change.
Currently, we are monitoring everyone’s health and increasing
our sanitizing procedures in addition to ending international travel by
employees. We will increase precautions based on expert advice.
Our goal is to maintain our production schedule though this
may not be possible.
For Our Users and Retail Partners
We know our users depend on Clogger products and some work
will continue through the crisis. Currently, we have access to all required
materials and our freight channels are still open. We will let you know if that
To help our retail partners and to provide additional support for our end users, we are going to run a series of offers where we give additional Clogger products with purchase. Expect to see this rolled out over the next few weeks.
This is a period of historic challenge. We are all indebted to the first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and government workers around the world.
We will do our best to communicate as things develop.