New Canadian Standard for Chainsaw Protective Clothing Explained

Background

Canada has operated under the regulations of two separate chainsaw protective clothing standards for many years. See our global chainsaw protective standards post for more.

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).

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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 Although this standard was withdrawn some years ago, it continued to be the accepted standard for chainsaw protective clothing and could be tested against by Underwriters Laboratory.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.

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How to Best Maintain and Clean Clogger Chainsaw Pants and Chaps

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.

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Top 10 Questions About Chainsaw Chaps and Pants Answered

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.

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Clogger to Restart Manufacturing and Full Distribution

New Zealand will be moving from Level 4 lock down to Level 3 at 11:59 PM Monday April 27.

We will be restarting manufacturing and moving to full distribution operations on Tuesday April 28 subject to health guidelines.

We are currently planning the production schedule. Please let us know if you have urgent needs.

Our team is available via email and phone if you have any questions.

Stay safe.

Zenitec Classified as Essential Service

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

For more see https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Introducing the Clogger Colouring Book

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.

Stay safe everyone!

Note: Make sure to share your art with us on social media!

Zenitec Shut Down Due To COVID-19 Alert Level 4

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

Update on COVID-19

To the Clogger family,

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.

Giving Back

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.

Pink Zero Chainsaw Pants

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 changes.

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.

Looking Ahead

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.

Stay safe.