France joins other European countries requiring a license to run a chainsaw

France has joined other European countries in a bid to lower chainsaw related accidents. A new law brought into effect on December 5th requires forestry and other workers to learn proper safety procedures before receiving a license. The regulations incites companies and workers to learn proper safety procedures in chainsaw use.

Many full-time forestry and landscape workers will already have the necessary training by holding the European Chainsaw Certification, which is recognized in nine countries and backed by the European Forestry and Environmental Skills Council.

Workers are encouraged to get training at one of the 11 certified training centers in France. People who occasionally use a chainsaw may not see the need, but pressure from insurers and safety groups could see the regulation extended to private individuals. A day of training will average about €200.