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Use proper safety clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE), that are appropriate for the tasks being performed, to reduce the risk of injury. Clothing should be well-fitting to prevent any entanglement with the chain saw. The following personal protective equipment and clothing are recommended when operating a chain saw.
The standards that are referenced below are the most recent editions. You should consult legislation or the local occupational health and safety agency in your jurisdiction to confirm which version is used or is referenced in legislation that applies to your workplaces.
Safety glasses with side shields, safety goggles, and face shields approved by standards like CAN/CSA Standard Z94.3-15: Eye and Face Protectors.
Leather gloves with ballistic nylon reinforcement on the back.
Heavy, well-fitted, safety work boots approved by standards like CAN/CSA Standard Z195-14 (R2019): Protective Footwear.
Hard hat, highly visible in colour, approved by standards like CSA Standard Z94.1-15: Industrial Protective Headwear - Performance, Selection, Care and Use.
Hearing protection devices, approved by standards like CSA Standard Z94.2-14: Hearing Protection Devices - Performance, Selection, Care and Use. (Chain saws create high noise levels of up to 95 to 115 dBA.)
Know when to use fall protection equpiment, including body belts, harnesses and lanyards.