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    Clearing saws, brushcutters and grass trimmers - Guide to safe working practices

    Available format(s):  Hardcopy, PDF 1 User, PDF 3 Users, PDF 5 Users, PDF 9 Users

    Language(s):  English

    Published date:  05-04-1998

    Publisher:  Standards Australia

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    1 - AS/NZS 3576:1998 CLEARING SAWS, BRUSHCUTTERS AND GRASS TRIMMERS-GRUIDE TO SAFE WORKING PRACTICES
    4 - PREFACE
    5 - CONTENTS
    6 - SECTION 1 SCOPE AND GENERAL
    6 - 1.1 SCOPE
    6 - 1.2 OBJECTIVE
    6 - 1.3 REFERENCED DOCUMENTS
    6 - 1.4 DEFINITIONS
    6 - 1.4.1 Brushcutter
    6 - 1.4.2 Clearing saw
    6 - 1.4.3 Grass trimmer
    9 - 1.5 MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS
    10 - SECTION 2 HAZARDS AND PROTECTION
    10 - 2.1 GENERAL
    10 - 2.2 HAZARDS
    10 - 2.3 TRANSPORT OF CLEARING SAWS, BRUSHCUTTERS AND GRASS TRIMMERS
    10 - 2.4 VIBRATION
    11 - 2.5 NOISE
    11 - 2.6 THROWN OBJECTS
    11 - 2.7 GUARDING OF CUTTING DEVICES
    11 - 2.8 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (See Figure 2.3)
    11 - 2.8.1 Safety helmet
    11 - 2.8.2 Earmuffs and earplugs
    11 - 2.8.3 Eye protection
    11 - 2.8.4 Leg protection
    11 - 2.8.5 Safety footwear
    12 - 2.8.6 Safety gloves
    12 - 2.9 FIRST AID
    12 - 2.10 FIRE PREVENTION
    12 - 2.10.1 Fire prevention measures
    13 - 2.10.2 Fire fighting tools
    14 - SECTION 3 INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING OF OPERATORS
    14 - 3.1 GENERAL
    14 - 3.2 INSTRUCTION
    14 - 3.3 TRAINING
    14 - 3.3.1 Training techniques
    14 - 3.3.2 Training programs
    14 - 3.3.3 Assessment and review
    15 - 3.3.4 Instructions for casual users of clearing saws, brushcutters and grass trimmers
    16 - SECTION 4 SAFE OPERATION OF CLEARING SAWS, BRUSHCUTTERS AND GRASS TRIMMERS
    16 - 4.1 GENERAL
    16 - 4.2 CONDITION OF THE EQUIPMENT
    16 - 4.3 HARNESS
    16 - 4.3.1 Type of harness
    17 - 4.3.2 Fitting of harness
    17 - 4.3.3 Balance
    17 - 4.4 WORK PREPARATION
    18 - 4.5 SAFE OPERATION OF A CLEARING SAW, BRUSHCUTTER OR GRASS TRIMMER
    18 - 4.5.1 General
    18 - 4.5.2 Starting
    18 - 4.6 SAFE DISTANCE
    18 - 4.7 CUTTING DEVICES
    18 - 4.7.1 General
    19 - 4.7.2 Types of cutting device
    19 - 4.7.3 Care of cutting devices
    19 - 4.7.4 Replacement of cutting devices
    21 - 4.8 CLEARING SUCCULENT GROWTH UNDER 25 mm DIAMETER
    21 - 4.8.1 General
    21 - 4.8.2 Work techniques
    21 - 4.9 CLEARING WOODY GROWTH AND SUCCULENT GROWTH 25 mm DIAMETER AND LARGER
    21 - 4.9.1 Growth 25 mm diameter and larger
    21 - 4.9.2 Stems not exceeding 40 mm in diameter
    21 - 4.9.3 Stems between 40 mm and 80 mm in diameter
    22 - 4.9.4 Stems between 80 mm and 150 mm in diameter
    22 - 4.9.5 Stems exceeding 150 mm in diameter
    22 - 4.9.6 Cutting dense growth
    24 - SECTION 5 RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR CLEARING SAWS, BRUSHCUTTERS AND GRASS TRIMMERS
    24 - 5.1 MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS
    24 - 5.2 DAILY INSPECTION AND CLEANING
    24 - 5.3 PERIODIC INSPECTION, CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
    25 - 5.4 SERVICE

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    Provides recommendations for the safe use of clearing saws, brushcutters and grass trimmers. Guidelines are given covering the basic principles for the safe operation of the equipment, the training of operators, the appropriate measures and precautions to take to guard the safety and health of operators, and the general maintenance of the equipment.

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    This Standard sets out recommendations and guidance on the safe use and care of clearing saws, brushcutters and grass trimmers. It includes recommendations for the training and supervision of operators and the use of adequate and protective clothing, and identifies some of the more common hazards and dangers experienced.

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    Committee SF-033
    Document Type Standard
    Product Note Pending Revision indicates that as a result of the Aged Standards review process, the document needs updating. If no project proposal, meeting the quality criteria, is received within the 12 month timeframe, the document shall be withdrawn.
    Publisher Standards Australia
    Status Current
    Supersedes

    History - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    First published in Australia as AS 3576-1988.
    Jointly revised and designated AS/NZS 3576:1998. Originated in Australia as AS 3576-1988. Jointly revised and designated AS/NZS 3576:1998.

    Standards Referenced By This Book - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    AS/NZS 1801:1997 Occupational protective helmets
    AS 2161-1978 Industrial safety gloves and mittens (excluding electrical and medical gloves)
    AS/NZS 1270:2002 Acoustics - Hearing protectors
    AS 1269-1989 Acoustics - Hearing conservation
    AS/NZS 2906:2001 Fuel containers - Portable - plastic and metal
    AS 2906-1986 Fuel containers - Portable - Plastics and metal
    AS 1270-1988 Acoustics - Hearing protectors
    AS/NZS 2210.2:1994 Occupational protective footwear Specification
    AS 3575-1995 Clearing saws, brushcutters and grass trimmers - Safety requirements
    AS/NZS 2210.2:2000 Occupational protective footwear Requirements and test methods
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