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Basic Chipper OPERATIONS AND Handling workshop

Course Instructor:

Bob Smith

Jennifer Carroll

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 1992 and 2002 a total of 31 occupational injury deaths were attributable to mobile brush chippers. 68% of fatalities were the result of being caught or compressed by the chipper, and 29% deaths were the result of being struck by the machine or a machine part. This one-day program will help your employees understand how to work safely with and around a chipper.

The first 1/2 of the day will be theory with hands on learning, the second 1/2 of the day will be fully practical training with the equipment, learning different techniques. 

This course will cover:

  • Safety regulations and PPE 
  • Identify existing and potential hazards
  • Routine checks and maintenance
  • Recognizing and avoiding risks 
  • Safe operating techniques
  • Pre-start Inspections
  • Shut down procedures

PPE required to attend this session:

  • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (within 5 years old) 
  • Hearing protection 
  • Gloves with narrow cuffs (so branches don't snag them)
  • Eye protection
  • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
  • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants (recommended but not required)

This course is worth .5 credit towards the Parks Practitioner Designation.

Want to host this session? 
For this one day session we require an indoor classroom that can accommodate 10 people that has access to a projector and screen as well as an outdoor woodlot with trees and brush that can be used for a practical chipper demonstration. The host also needs to provide a chipper and operators manual. 

Here's what people say about this course: 

  • "Another great course from OPA!"
  • "I recommend this course for all those operating a chipper"
  • "Very helpful information that will allow us to do the job safely and effectively"
  • "Thank-you, I learned a lot by taking this!" 

Upcoming events

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For more information on hosting or attending, please send an email referencing the course title to If there are no upcoming events, ask us to add you to our waitlist! This way, you will be notified when the next session is available.
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