Cancelled - Tournevie Chainsaw Safety Course
Due to a family emergency for the volunteer organising the logistics for the course (logs etc.), we have to cancel this course. If you'd like to be kept informed, you can still fill out the form below and we'll keep you updated on possible alternative dates, but please DO NOT pay for the course at this point.

Saturday, 4th of August, 9-17h

@ Backyard of Steinerschool Brussel, Rue Chant d'Oiseaux 115, 1070 Anderlecht.

(Within walking distance from MIVB-STIB stops Eddy Merckx or Ceria/Coovi & De Lijn stop Anderlecht Ikea.)

Registrations for the 2018 course are open. Please fill out the form below.
Course description
The sheer cutting power of petrol chainsaws makes them a thrill to use. It also makes them dangerous. In fact, the sense of danger is probably part of the thrill.

Still, operating a chainsaw can be quite safe, as long as your machine is well maintained, you use adequate protective equipment and you follow a set of simple rules. Tournevie offers a full-day course in chainsaw safety, during which you will learn to systematically apply those rules. After this course, you’ll be able to handle a chainsaw in a safe and ergonomic way.

This course or an equivalent one (ECS 1, see below) is a condition for being allowed to lend out a petrol chainsaw from Tournevie.

The training will cover the following topics:
- Equipment: chainsaw safety features, daily maintenance, protective equipment
- Safe working environment, preparation for use, starting procedure
- Safe cutting practices

You will spend a large part of the day doing practical exercises on horizontal and vertical logs with different types of saws, allowing you to embed safe working practices, improve your control over the saw, and get used to specific techniques such as meeting and boring cuts.

Note: This course covers the topics detailed in European Chainsaw Standard level 1, chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting, chapters §1, 2A, 2D, 2E, 3, 4, 6 (see However the certificate you will get at the end of the training is not recognised under ECS. If you’d like to obtain an ECS certificate, we recommend Inverde’s training programme (see

The course is open to Tournevie members only. If you're not a member yet, you're free to sign up of course.

No prior experience is required, but you have to be at least 18 years old.

The course price is 80€. This covers our expenses for logs, fuel, saws and protective clothing for all and includes sandwiches for lunch. Given these expenses, the fee is non-refundable if you can't make it.

Tournevie volunteers can attend for free.

Registration form
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Please check to confirm that you will transfer the course fee to BE47 8939 4403 4680 with reference ‘chainsaw course 2018’ followed by your name, within 3 days. Your registration will only be valid after reception of the payment.
Do you have any previous experience with petrol chain saws?
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(If you have your own petrol chainsaw, we recommend that you bring it to the course for a safety check-up.)
With a view to the lunch, do you have any dietary requirements?
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