Wood Chipper / Shredder


This course is for anyone who will use, adjust, change or mount abrasive wheels. This includes all hand held grinders and petrol saws, as well as bench mounted grinders and floor saws.

Often overlooked by employers—this is one of the most popular courses we offer. Delegates report that they are immediately more comfortable using the equipment and make better choices when doing so.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced operator looking to refresh your skills, you'll cover the skills and knowledge needed to operate the machinery in a safe and effective manner at all times.

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This course is designed to give an understanding of the need for safe operation of any wood chipper or shredder. It will train the candidate to a level of competence that they can operate the machine in a safe and efficient manner.

You will receive formal training and assessment in the competent and safe set up and operation of wood chippers or shredders. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to

  • Transport and set up the machine safely       
  • Perform pre use inspection, checks and daily maintenance      
  • Select use and maintain the correct PPE for safe operation and personal protection         
  • Implement emergency procedures in the event of an accident or incident
  • Operate the machine safely, in varying site conditions, and in accordance with the              manufactures instructions, legislation and best practice         
  • Understand the environmental issues and impacts associated with the process            
  • Understand your responsibilities under current, relevant legislation and approved codes of practice

This course meets the statutory requirements of the relevant legislation, whether local or UK, and other relevant statutory provisions and approved Codes of Practice.

There have been many serious accidents involving woodchoppers and shredders, some fatal, therefore training should be any employers priority to ensure they adhere to the law and protect their employees.

The HSE state that. “All operators must have had appropriate training in how to operate the machine and how to carry out the tasks required” (source HSE, AFAG604)

Course Information

It's important that the training is enjoyable, relevant and useful. That's why all of our courses are tailored to your needs. The following information is for general guidance, and we are happy to discuss your content, duration, location, certification and cost requirements.


The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based tutorials and practical exercises. You will be assessed through theory and practical tests. All of our trainers are accredited.

4safety can train/assess up to three experienced candidates in one day for most equipment/machine courses. If they are not experienced then this will take longer depending on the complexity of the machine, the number of candidates and their aptitude for operating the equipment. 

As with all of our courses, we ask if the candidates can read and understand English. We can provide a translator for the entire course or just for the theory if necessary, but there is an extra charge and we need to know this at the booking stage.


Upon successfully completing the course you will be awarded a 4safety certificate. 


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4safety, Home Farm, Rue de Grouville, Jersey, JE3 9HP, or at the customer's premises.


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