NOCN SAFE USE OF CUT OFF SAW INCLUDING ABRASIVE WHEEL - prices start from £140 + VAT per delegate
NOCN Group now offers assured short courses via the SiteRight brand and the SWRTG are an approved provider for this course.  These site right courses aim to provide learners with the certification so that they are safe to work onsite - the aim it to help improve training and reduce health and safety risks on-site for all workers.

SiteRighthave have worked with Stihl GB and Skanska to develop this assured course to promote the safe use of cut off saws in the construction industry.

The outline, structure and content of this course is assured by NOCN Group, the content is recommended by Stihl UK and Construction Training Services.  Our trainer has completed the Stihl GB / COS-training Train the Trainer course, which is for cut off saw operators in the construction, engineering or manufacturing industries.

The basic course will cover all aspects of how to use a cut off saw safely and will include everything from selecting and fitting appropriate personal protective equipment, selecting and fitting appropriate cutting wheels, operating and refuelling the machine through to safe transportation.

Successful completion of this course will enable operators to use a cut off saw safely.

The core element of the training is a ½ day course and CITB funding is available - this grant will be claimed on your behalf.

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Course Delivery
The course will consist of a maximum of 6 delegates, unless pre-agreement is gained from NOCN. The basic course will be delivered over a half day period and the additional modules will extend the total duration to a whole day.

The training is a blend of theoretical and practical, hands-on study. The theoretical elements are supplemented by the course video. All training must use the NOCN approved training material.
Delegates’ knowledge is assessed at the beginning of the course through an initial assessment paper and is formally tested at the end of the basic course through a practical observation and a multiple choice examination paper. The course is pass / fail.

To deliver the course the trainer/assessor will require:
  • Approval to deliver from NOCN
  • Suitable indoor teaching room
  • Outdoor hard standing level surface
  • A site-specific risk assessment
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguishers (suitable for class B fires: flammable liquid or gas)
  • Appropriate cut off saw
  • Water bottle/access to mains water and hose (or alternative water source for dust suppression)
  • Diamond cutting wheel
  • Abrasive wheel
  • Available market accessories for recommended safe cutting methods
  • Training and Assessment resources (available via My NOCN)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Materials for cutting
  • The structure of the training is provided by the course PowerPoint and video. Trainers are expected to use both resources to guarantee that delegates are witness to the total information required to safely and productively operate a cut off saw.
Course provide delegates with the correct level of knowledge to operate a petrol driven cut off saw safely. By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Understand the PPE requirements when using a cut off saw
  • Demonstrate the correct use of required PPE
  • Understand the safety features of the machine
  • Carry out pre-start checks to identify that the machine is in a safe condition
  • Understand the importance of fitting fuel cap correctly
  • Identify that the fuel cap is correctly fitted
  • Understand the cause of kickback
  • Demonstrate how to avoid kickback from happening
  • Understand the importance of ensuring that the wheel is correct for the machine and the application
  • Check that the wheel is correct for the machine and the application
  • Understand how to safely fit the wheel
  • Demonstrate how to safely fit a wheel
  • Understand the need for carrying out a site assessment prior to starting work
  • Carry out a site assessment prior to starting work
  • Refuel the machine safely
  • Know the action to take when fuel is spilt or leaks from the machine
  • Understand how to start the machine from cold
  • Demonstrate the correct technique for starting the saw from cold
  • Understand how to start the machine
  • Demonstrate how to start the machine
  • Support material on the ground
  • Demonstrate the correct technique for cutting material on the ground
  • Use dust suppression
  • Check and / or adjust the guard with respect to the direction of sparks
  • Demonstrate cutting metal using correct technique
  • Demonstrate the correct method of carrying the machine whilst on site
  • Understand the need to remove the wheel from the machine before placing it in a vehicle
  • Demonstrate how to safely transport the saw in a vehicle
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