Power Saw Operator (PSO) Safety Training

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This two-day workshop for experienced or limited experience saw operators, focuses on effective bucking technique, safe chainsaw operation, and maintenance basics. Taught by a WorkSafeBC Certified Faller and Faller Supervisor, this course will spend equal time in the classroom and field, allowing people to brush up on existing skills and/or receive Certification.

While in the field, participants will have to demonstrate safe and effective bucking while supervised by the instructors. This training is recommended for those working in silviculture, wildland firefighting, and forest operations. It is also excellent training for graduate students and faculty who conduct field-based research as well as homeowners and those who own rural properties.

This course is only available as a custom offering.  Please contact us at cstudies@unbc.ca to set up a course date and time that works for you and your employees. 

Day 1 is set in the classroom. Day 2 is out in the field.

Successful participants are issued a Power Saw Operation and Safety Training Ticket that is good for four years.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn about personal protection requirements
  • Students will learn about chainsaw parts, function and operation
  • Students will learn chainsaw maintenance procedures and safe bucking procedures and techniques

Course Requirements

Students must: bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): masks/face shield, steel toed boots, chaps, hard hat/face screen, and ear protection; provide their own transportation to the field site and bring government issued photo ID to the course.