Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety for Disaster Relief

Hurricane Disaster Relief Training: Empowering Responders and Creating Resilience

This material was produced under grant numbers SH-26314-14-60-F-13 and 46D6-HT25 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Revisions were made to this material under grant number SHO5O77SH8 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

For the Trainers:

This training will target workers and employers providing skilled support services, site clean-up services, and recovery activities. This includes workers in the tree care industries, landscape industry, grounds and maintenance, and others who clean up after the storm damaged trees.

We will work closely with Cooperative Extension in the hurricane disaster areas resulting from the hurricanes of 2018. We will train Cooperative Extension County agents in those states to present a one-hour, interactive classroom training covering these topics: insect bites and stings, electrical/electrocution hazards, hand and power tools, slips, trips, and falls, and other related topics (personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment inspection, safe carry, and safe start). These agents will, in turn, reach out to the people in their counties and provide this training.

In addition, we will hire a professional training company to do, six-hour trainings in these areas. These trainings will have a classroom component and an outdoor demonstration. The trainer will drop trees to simulate storm-thrown trees and then safely untangle, limb, and buck them. Training locations will be determined by local county agents who are familiar with the venues and training needs. Training will be available in Spanish if requested by local agents.

University of Georgia Research Foundation will develop all training materials by revising materials from previously received Susan Harwood Training Grants. They have been approved for use by OSHA. Also, we will create radio and video public service announcements, reminding workers of the importance of using PPE. Local agents will help distribute these.

About this Training

PowerPointImportant Notes for Agents Using Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety Materials

Resources for Agents

Download, prepare, and print these to conduct your trainings.

Advertisement Flyer (use and modify for your training)Flyer – Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety Class

Agenda TemplateAgenda Template for Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety

Sign In SheetSign In Sheet for Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety

CEU Attendance FormContinuing Education Units (CEUs) Attendance Form

EvaluationEvaluation for Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety


Script (Accompanies PowerPoint): Script for Tree Cleanup and Chainsaw Safety Training PowerPoint

Public Service Announcements: 


North Carolina:

South Carolina:

Travel Reimbursement Procedures for Non-UGA Employees

Printable Checklist (.docx)

  • Complete the Supplier ID Form – If you need assistance with this form please contact OneSource at 706-542-0202.
  • Complete the Non-Employee Payment Form – If you need assistance with this form, please contact Tami Boyle at 770-233-6107.
  • Airfare: If reimbursable expenses include airfare you must submit your airline ticket receipt/confirmation and any baggage receipts you wish to claim.
  • Mileage: If reimbursable expenses include mileage you must submit: Departure address and Destination address so that we may compute the mileage distance.
  • Meals: If meals are to be reimbursed you must include the meal receipt. Alcohol will not be reimbursed on meal receipts.
  • Other: (Supplies, Materials, Taxi, or parking – receipts must be attached)

Official Extension Publication:

Chainsaw Safety: Always Use Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) [Circular 1148]

Operating a chainsaw is inherently dangerous. Chainsaw cuts are always serious, but this is not the only hazard a saw operator faces. Saw operators are often struck by falling limbs and trunks as the tree moves during felling. Saw operators may fall off ladders or out of trees, or they may trip while moving through brush and uneven ground. Even when the tree is on the ground, danger lurks in wood under tension. Spring poles snap and logs roll unexpectedly. Personal protective equipment (PPE) saves lives every day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that saw operators wear the PPE described in this publication, including head protection, eye protection, ear protection, chainsaw chaps or pants, and suitable footwear.

Download this PDF for Printing (four pages): CHAINSAW SAFETY: Always Use Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

OSHA Safety Quick Cards (print on heavy paper/card stock or laminate:

UGA Saw Safety Team

Call us; we’ll help!

Ellen Bauske

Program Coordinator- Center for Urban Agriculture/ Dept. of Plant Pathology
1109 Experiment St.
Griffin, GA 30223-1797
c: 678-825-7900
p: 770 233 5558

Rolando Orellana

Urban Water Management Agent
1109 Experiment Street, Urban Ag Building
Griffin, GA 30223

Wade Hutcheson

ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator
PO Box 827
LaFayette, GA 30728-0827
Phone: 706-638-2548

Josh Fuder

ANR County Extension Agent
130 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770-721-7803

Heather Kolich

ANR County Extension Agent/CEC
875 Lanier 400 Parkway, Suite 158
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-887-2418