The Clogger Guide to Global Chainsaw Protection Standards (2022 Update)

There is a lot of confusion about the chainsaw protection standards and how they vary around the world.

Type C, Class 1, chainsaw fabric layers, chainspeed, test methods ….

Understanding the global chainsaw protection standards is becoming increasingly important as arborists explore work opportunities in different countries and as arborist retailers start shipping outside their home country.

We thought that it was time to put a comprehensive guide to chainsaw protection standards together.

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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).

chainsaw pants test rig

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 Although this standard was withdrawn some years ago, it continued to be the accepted standard for chainsaw protective clothing and could be tested against by Underwriters Laboratory.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

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.

Looking for a quick guide? Check out this post.

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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