Most heavy types of machinery need a license to be used, but what about powerful chainsaws which are dangerous, do they need a license to be operated?
You do not need a license to use a chainsaw as long as the users of equipment are operating it at home, you do however need to take training courses to use a chainsaw.
Down below in our guide, we will discuss which countries need a license to use a chainsaw and some other tips and tricks for using a chainsaw safely.
Many countries do not require a chainsaw to be operated with a license for home gardening, but to make it clear, we've listed some popular countries and their lawns on chainsaw licenses below.
Any nationals who are chainsaw operators in Australia need to go through an accredited agency and undergo training, they will then get a certificate of attainment to be able to use their chainsaw.
No license is required in the UK to operate a chainsaw unless you are using the chainsaw professionally, you do however need to have adequate training due to the health and safety at work act from 1974.
Once completing this training you will receive a chainsaw certificate.
Ireland is one of the strictest countries when it comes to chainsaw laws, you will need to go through training and have a valid chainsaw license for 10 years to be able to operate one.
In Canada, it is encouraging to go through training to use a chainsaw but not by lawn.
The US is the same as Canada, they recommend that you go through standardized training but it's not enforced.
In the UK, you will need to do training time to be able to use a chainsaw, luckily there is a huge range of courses and places to get this training done.
Whichever course you decide to take make sure that it is accredited.
The course will take between 5-6 days and can cost anything from £200-£1000.
If you want to be able to use a chainsaw professionally in the UK you will need to acquire a chainsaw license.
This is to prove you have the right level of fitness to be able to operate a chainsaw and that you are experienced enough to hold a chainsaw license. If you do not hold a license while operating a chainsaw you will not be eligible for
Before using a chainsaw, you do not only need a chainsaw license, you also need protective equipment such as a face guard and trousers, we've listed the essentials to check off before picking up your tool below.
To conclude, you do not need a license to operate a chainsaw in the UK, unless you will be using one professionally, you should however undergo training to receive a certificate, this will allow you to use a chainsaw at home.
Always remember to follow safety precautions when using a chainsaw and familiarise yourself with how to use one before operating.