Exhibit 1, 241 FW 12
Service Annual Chain Saw (Non-Fire) Refresher Requirements

Supersedes Exhibit 1, 241 FW 12, 11/10/2010

Date: October 17, 2016

Series: Occupational Safety and Health

Part 241: Safety Operations

Originating Office: Division of Safety and Health



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Basic Faller Trainees, Basic Fallers, Intermediate Fallers, and Advanced Fallers must complete annual chain saw refresher training. The Project Leader/Supervisor/Facility Manager determines what will serve as refresher training and document employees’ completion of the training. The refresher training options shown here follow the S-212 chain saw refresher course requirements.


There is no minimum time requirement for the refresher training. Time allocated to the refresher should reflect the skill and amount of time students use chain saws. There are also no requirements for content because of the variety of chain saw types, safety subjects, and situations faced in the field.


After operators complete the refresher training, the training presenter must give a certificate or letter of completion to each student. The Project Leader/Supervisor/Facility manager must keep the training documentation in the employee’s training records and enter it into the Department’s Learning Management System (e.g., DOI Learn).


Some examples of a chain saw refresher: (all must be documented with trainer name, topic, agenda, attended names)


Classroom Setting


• Mini review of S-212 Powerpoint presentations or videos.


• Question/answer/discussion session with a skilled Class 1 or Class 2 Faller (or Advanced Faller or
   Intermediate Faller).


• Review of felling and bucking techniques, maintenance, and hazards.


• Schedule a manufacturer’s representative to give classroom/hands-on training.



Tailgate Safety Session


• Review a Chain Saw Job Hazard Assessment.


• Discussion and evaluation of close calls or incidents and how to improve.


• Discussion of the variety of reference material available in an informal setting (see examples below).


Day of Field Work


• Practice bucking, limbing, and felling.


Reference Links:

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center


WFSTAR – Hazard Trees and Tree Felling




6-minutes for Safety


Manufacturer Safety Sites






For more information about this exhibit, contact the Division of Safety and Health. For more information about this Web site, contact Krista Bibb in the Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs.



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