SAFE Work Practice
• Make sure the chain saw is equipped with a
safety chain, chain brake and chain catcher.
• Wear all PPE, including gloves, safety eyewear,
hearing protection, etc.
• Start the saw when secured on the ground.
• Use two hands to operate the saw.
• Carry chain saw with bar to rear.
• Stand directly behind a saw while cutting.
• Refuel a chain saw with the engine running or
the engine and muffler still hot.
• Carry a saw for more than a short distance
with the engine running.
• Leave a running chain saw unattended.
• Do not start a chain saw when it is resting
against any part of your body.
The information contained in this publication is intended for general use and may not apply to every circumstance. It is not a definitive guide to government
legislation and does not relieve persons using this publication from their responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Health Act or applicable legislation.
The appropriate regulations and statutes should always be consulted and adhered to. The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba and its affiliates do not
guarantee the accuracy of, nor assume liability for the information presented here.
A chain saw is a power driven tool designed to cut wood with a saw chain and consisting of an
integrated compact unit of handles, power source, and cutting attachment. If not used properly
they can cause very serious injuries, not only to the operator, but to fellow workers.
Manitoba Regulation 217/2006 Part 16 - Machines, Tools and Robots
Additional Standards: CAN/CSA Standard‑Z62.1‑03, Chain Saws
General Safe Work Practices
1. Ensure that each worker is instructed in the proper use of chain saws as well as the hazards involved ensuring
that each worker understands how the chain saws safety devices function and how to keep them in optimum
2. Ensure that equipment is oper