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Chainsaws

Last Updated: December 2019

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Listed below is selected legislation from across Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions concerning the safe use of chainsaws in the workplace. Since legislation interpretation and enforcement varies by jurisdiction, contact your jurisdiction as listed in Canadian Governmental Occupational Health & Safety Departments (https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/information/govt.html).

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Canada

As made under the Canada Labour Code, (Part II - Occupational Safety and Health), R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2

Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, SOR/86-304

Part XIII Tools and Machinery

Section 13.2 Design, Construction Operation and Use of Tools

Sections 13.3 - 13.6

Section 13.8

Sections 13.9 - 13.10 Defective Tools and Machines

Sections 13.11 - 13.12 Instructions and Training

Section 13.13 General Requirements for Machine Guards

Sections 13.14 - 13.17 Use, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Machine Guards

Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Marine Installations and Structures Occupational Health and Safety Transitional Regulations SOR/2015-1

Part 13 Tools and Machinery

Sections 189 - 192 and 195 Design, Construction Operation and Use of Tools

Sections 196 - 197 Defective Tools and Machines

Sections 198 - 199 Instructions and Training

Section 200 General Requirements for Machine Guards

Sections 201 - 203 Use, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Machine Guards

Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Marine Installations and Structures Occupational Health and Safety Transitional Regulations SOR/2015-2

Part 13 Tools and Machinery

Sections 189 - 192 and 195 Design, Construction Operation and Use of Tools

Sections 196 - 197 Defective Tools and Machines

Sections 198 - 199 Instructions and Training

Section 200 General Requirements for Machine Guards

Sections 201 - 203 Use, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Machine Guards

Marine Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, SOR/87-183

Part 18 Tools and Machinery

Section 202 Application

Section 203 Design, Construction and Operation of Tools

Section 204 Defective Tools and Machinery

Section 205 Training and Instruction

Section 206 General Requirements for Protective Guards

Section 207 Use, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Machines

Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, SOR/87-612

Part XIV Tools and Machinery

Section 14.2 Design, Construction, Operation and Use of Tools

Sections 14.3 - 14.6

Section 14.8

Sections 14.9 - 14.10 Defective Tools and Machines

Sections 14.11 - 14.12 Instructions and Training

Section 14.13 General Requirements for Machine Guards

Sections 14.13 - 14.16 Use, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Machine Guards

Alberta

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.A. 2017, c. O‑2.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009

Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 362 Contact by clothing, etc.

Section 367 Operator responsibilities

Section 368 Controls

Section 376 Chainsaws

British Columbia

As made under the Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

Section 8.21 Leg protection

Schedule 8-A WorkSafeBC Standard - Leg Protective Devices

Part 12 Tools, Machinery and Equipment

General Requirements

Section 12.2 Safeguarding requirement

Section 12.3 Standards

Section 12.4 Effectiveness of safeguards

Section 12.5 Fixed guards

Section 12.6 Lubrication

Section 12.10 Identifying unsafe equipment

Section 12.11 Operating controls

Chain Saws

Section 12.72 Standards

Section 12.73 Stopping chain movement

Part 28 Agriculture

3 - Personal Protective Equipment

Section 28.22 Chain saws exception

Manitoba

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210,

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Man. Reg. 217/2006

Part 6 Personal Protective Equipment

Specific Types of Personal Protective Equipment

Section 6.8 Skin protection

Part 16 Machines, Tools and Robots

Section 16.2 Safe work procedures

Section 16.3 Duty to inform workers

Section 16.4 Machine and tool safety

Section 16.5 Safeguards required

Section 16.6 Alternative mechanism

Section 16.7 Removing a safeguard

Section 16.8 Operating controls

Section 16.9 Worker apparel

Section 16.10 Starting a machine

Section 16.12 Vibrations

Section 16.25 Hand or portable power tools

Section 16.27 Chain saw requirements

New Brunswick

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, A.N.B. 1983, c. O-0.2,

General Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 91-191

Part IX Tools

Section 80 General Duties of an Owner

Section 81 General Duties of an Employer

Section 82 General Duties of a User of a Tool

Sections 83 - 86 Portable Power-Operated Hand Tools

Part XXI Logging and Silviculture Operations

Sections 348 - 356 Chain Saws, Brush Saws and Clearing Saws

See also:

The Forest Professional - guidelines for the Stewards of tomorrow’s forests, Fifth Edition

Newfoundland and Labrador

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2012, N.L.R. 5/12

Part VII Personal Protective Equipment

Section 79 Leg protection

Part VIII Machinery and Equipment

Section 88 Safe machinery and equipment

Section 89 General requirements

Section 90 Standards

Section 91 Guards

Section 92 Identifying unsafe equipment

Section 93 Operating controls

Section 98 Rotating hazards

Section 109 Chain saws

See also:

The Forest Professional - guidelines for the Stewards of tomorrow’s forests, Fifth Edition

Northwest Territories

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c.S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Part 10 Machine Safety

Section 140 Interpretation

Section 141 Manufacturer’s specifications

Section 142 Operation by worker

Section 143 Operating controls

Section 144 Unattended and suspended machines

Section 145 Safeguards

Section 147 Locking out

Section 154 Chainsaws

See also:

Personal Protective Equipment Foot Protection Code of Practice (Effective June 1, 2015)

Nova Scotia

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 1996, c. 7,

Occupational Safety General Regulations, N.S. Reg. 44/99

Part 3 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 10 Hazard to eyes, face or neck

Part 8 Mechanical Safety

Section 90

Part 9 Tools

Sections 104 - 107 General provisions

See also:

The Forest Professional - guidelines for the Stewards of tomorrow’s forests, Fifth Edition

Nunavut

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations R-003-2016

Part 10 Machine Safety

Section 140 Interpretation

Section 141 Manufacturer’s specifications

Section 142 Operation by worker

Section 143 Operating controls

Section 144 Unattended and suspended machines

Section 145 Safeguards

Section 146 Warning systems

Section 147 Locking out

Section 154 Chainsaws

See also:

Personal Protective Equipment Foot Protection Code of Practice (Effective May 31, 2016)

Ontario

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1,

Construction Projects, O. Reg. 213/9

Part II General Construction

Equipment, General

Sections 93 - 96

Section 112

Industrial Establishments, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851

Part I Safety Regulations

Machine Guarding

Section 39

Prince Edward Island

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. O-1.01 (new version brought in by 2004, c. 42),

Occupational Health and Safety Act General Regulations, EC 180/87

Part 41 Forest Operations

Section 41.15 Chain saw maintenance

Section 41.16 Stopping saw when carrying

Section 41.17 Holding saw

Section 41.18 Starting saw

Section 41.19 Tools

Section 41.20 Tools

Section 41.21 Safety gloves

Section 41.22 Area safety

Section 41.23 Area safety

Section 41.24 Exception

Section 41.25 Felling procedure

Section 41.26 Notches

Section 41.27 Obstructions

See also:

The Forest Professional - guidelines for the Stewards of tomorrow’s forests, Fifth Edition

Quebec

As made under the Act respecting occupational health and safety, R.S.Q., c.S-2.1,

Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, CQLR c. S-2.1, r. 13 O.C. 885-2001

Division XXII Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools

Section 227 Safe usage

Section 228 Inspection and maintenance

Section 229 Storage of hand tools

Section 234 Cutting tool

Section 236 Position of trigger

Section 239 Protectors and protective devices

Section 240 Safety precautions

Section 241 Chain saw

Section 242 Conditions for using a chain saw

Regulation respecting health and safety in forest development work CQLR c. S-2.1, r. 12.1, O.C. 499-2013

Division IV - Forest Development Equipment

§2. Hand tools and portable power tools

Sections 13 - 18

Division V - Forest Development Work

§1. Hand felling

Sections 27 - 32 and 43

Division VI - Individual Protective Equipment and Temporary Shelter

Sections 45 - 49

Safety Code for the Construction Industry, CQLR c. S-2.1, r. 4

Division II General Provisions

Section 2.10.10 Protection of hands

Division III Construction Sites

Section 3.10.16 Chain saw

Section 3.10.17 Internal combustion motor

Saskatchewan

As made under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, S.S., c. O-1.1, Reg 1

Part X Machine Safety

Section 134 Operation by workers

Section 135 Operating controls

Section 136 Unattended and suspended machines

Section 137 Safeguards

Section 139 Locking out

Section 146 Chain saws

Yukon

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, O.I.C. 2006/178

Part 1 General

Protective Equipment and Clothing - Skin, Leg and Body

Section 1.16 Leg protection

Part 4 Hand Tools and Power Driven Portable Tools

General

Section 4.02 Tool selection

Section 4.03 Worker's responsibilities for tool use

Section 4.04 Work in explosive atmosphere

Section 4.08 Portable electric tools

Section 4.09 Repairs or adjustment

Chain Saws

Section 4.10 General requirements for chain saws

Section 4.11 Specific requirements

Standards

CSA Standard Z62.1-15 Chain saws

CSA Standard Z62.1-M85 Chain Saws

CSA Standard Z62.1-95 Chain Saws (R2001)

CSA Standard Z62.1-03 Chain Saws (R2008)

CSA Standard Z62.1-11 Chain saws

CSA Standard Z62.3-11 Chain saw kickback

CSA Standard Z62.3-96 Chain Saw Kickback Occupational Health and Safety

CSA Standard Z62.3-04 Chain saw kickback (R2010)