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OWS Chainsaw Safety Awareness That Works (CSAW) Level 1 Training

Jun 20, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm


CSAW Level 1 Training, takes an advanced look at chainsaw safety, felling techniques and personal protective equipment. This training will held on the Ohio State University - Mansfield campus Ovalwood Hall (1760 University Dr., Mansfield, OH  44906).

This is a full 8 hour class with a lecture portion in the morning and a hands-on portion in the afternoon.  This class focuses on personal protective equipment (PPE), safety features of the chainsaw head, five point safety check, maintenance of the power head and guide bar, components of the saw tooth, angles and their functions, proper filing, and the reative forces of the chain and guide bar.  

The field section covers benefits of open-face felling, benefits of using a hinge and bore method, five step pre-felling plan, tree felling demonstration, and participant tree felling. In this course each participant will fell a tree under the guidance of an instructor.

Registration is $100 for OFA members and $150 for non-members. The deadline to register is June 16. Details and a link to register are at For more information, contact 614.688.3421 or This workshop is sponsored by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program and the Ohio Forestry Association.