Excuse me, did you say “Hearing Protection?”

Danger never takes a vacation:

You need hearing protection! Noise is measured in units called decibels (dB). A conversation is about 60 dB, a vacuum cleaner is about 70 db, a lawn mower is about 90 db, and a chainsaw runs at about 110 dB. OSHA regulations kick in at 85 db.

Hearing protection must be worn consistently to be effective, so pick a style that works for you and use it.

Hearing protection has a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). The NRR is the decibel reduction provided by hearing protection. A saw operator needs an NRR of at least 26 dB to reduce the noise below 85 dB.

Don’t over protect. Select hearing protectors that provide adequate but not excessive protection for overall performance and effectiveness. You must be able to hear talking, loudspeaker transmissions, warning signals, and important machine sounds while reducing the risk of permanent hearing damage.

OSHA Standard Number: 1910.95 states that employers must develop, implement, and maintain an audiometric testing program. A baseline audiogram for new employees must be established within six months of employment, with an audiogram every year after that.

Check how old your ears are below.

How Old Are Your Ears? (Hearing Test)

Some hearing loss is a normal part of aging, but regular exposure of more than one minute to chainsaw noise can also cause hearing loss. So take this test and see how you are doing…

Welcome to the UGA Saw Safety Series

Danger never takes a vacation:

Great Video?

Greetings! Welcome to Saw Safety, a weekly newsletter of safety tips brought to you by the UGA Saw Safety Team. This newsletter is for professionals in tree care and landscape, men and women who put a saw in wood. One tip per week, short and sweet, easy to share, perfect for a tailgate meeting.

This video has been making the rounds online. What do you think? Missed the buildings, but from a safety perspective, it is hard to know where to begin. No Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), dangerous felling technique, potentially deadly escape route, and little control over the fall.

Felling Tree In Close Quarters

Next week, we will start with the PPE which you can plainly see on the ground (not on the fellers) in this video. Head, eye, ear, leg, and foot protection…

Chainsaw Safety Training at EDGE Expo 2015

Chainsaw Safety Training at EDGE Expo 2015

Axel Avila, a professional trainer from North American Training Solutions, taught thirty industry professionals in-depth chainsaw safety.

Great feedback from the crowd:

“Instructor was great with hands-on stuff.”

“Loved the class.”

“Could of used this program years ago.”