Protective clothing should be signal coloured, ensuring you are clearly visible in the open. Personal safety equipment for arborists must be tested in accordance with applicable international rules and standards within the EU and the US (CE/ISO/UL marking). These requirements may vary by country. You can obtain further information from your local servicing dealer. For your own sake, never leave out any part of the personal protective equipment!
1. HELMET WITH EARMUFFS, VISOR AND PROTECTIVE GLASSES
The helmet is designed to protect you from falling branches and impacts. The visor should cover all of your face to protect against scratches and sawdust spray. Protective glasses provide additional protection for your eyes. Earmuffs also protect against harmful loud noises. The inserts for your ear muffs will eventually become worn. It is important that you replace them regularly. The plastic in the helmet ages and becomes brittle due mainly to UV radiation. For this reason, you should replace the helmet within five years after the date of manufacture, or a maximum of three years after removing it from its original packaging. The Husqvarna helmets have a calendar where you mark the first day of usage.
2. FORESTRY JACKET/SHIRT
The forestry jacket should provide full upper body coverage, have signal colouring, and be ventilated.
3. PROTECTIVE TROUSERS/CHAPS
Protective trousers must be fitted with saw protection that meets international standards. The saw protection consists of a lining with several layers of very long fibres that become entangled in the chain and stop it in a fraction of a second (Illustration A). It is important that you follow the manufacturer’s washing guidelines. If you cut into the protective layers, the trousers must be discarded.
4. PROTECTIVE BOOTS
The boots should be fitted with protective toe caps, saw protection and deep treaded soles (anti-slip protection) in accordance with international standards.
5. WORK GLOVES
You should always wear work gloves to protect against cuts, scratches, oils and fuels. Gloves with saw protection in the left hand also protect you from the saw chain.
6. FIRST AID
You should always have a first aid kit easily accessible and close at hand. A first aid box should always be available in the felling zone.
7. COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN THE EVENT OF ACCIDENTS
In case of accident, you must quickly summon help. Always carry a whistle and a mobile phone or radio at the felling site.