Award in the Safe Use of Leaf blowers 14-24

Lowe Maintenance Leafblower 14-24 City and Guilds

Leaf blowers are used by many professionals within the land-based sector. For anyone who needs to remove debris, dead leaves, wood chip etc from an area. Those employed in grounds maintenance, landscaping, arborists, forestry, railways, councils, highways.

They are also becoming an invaluable tool to gamekeepers for controlling the flames during heather burning, less intensive on the body and an ability to control the flames far more effectively.

Handheld or back pack versions available this qualification covers them both, ensuring your keeping in line with health and safety legislation in particular PUWER regulations.

As part of industry good practice and keeping yourself and others safe in the work place, your insurance may insist on some level of formal training to demonstrate compliance.

If you only require the training and your insurance company are happy with that option please do contact us for more details.

As a professional user of a leaf blower this course will help you to appreciate the difference between a domestic and a professional model, the importance of having the right machine for the right job and what safety features are more prevalent for those using a leaf blower for 8 hours a day compared to 30 minutes edging your own lawn.

Another consideration are the differences between face protection a full face clear guard or mesh visor and safety glasses, this choice is dependant on which cutting head your using and this will be explained fully as part of the course, where you’ll also demonstrate your understanding through wearing the correct PPE at all times.

In this leaf blower course you will cover:

  • pre-use checks and maintenance;
  • correct PPE equipment (personal protective equipment);
  • risk assessment;
  • identification of controls and instruments;
  • carry out clearance of an area safely

If you only require the training and your insurance company are happy with that option please do contact us for more details.

Award in the Safe Use of Leaf blowers 14-24 City and Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Know how to carry out a risk assessment.
  2. Know the current health and safety legislation and environmental good practice that underpins leaf blower operations.
  3. Know the appropriate PPE for the use of the leaf blower.
  4. Demonstrate how to check and maintain the leaf blower.
  5. Demonstrate how to operate a leaf blower.
  6. Know how to carry out post-operative checks.
  7. Know how to clean and appropriately store a leaf blower.

7th January 2020

9th March 2020

1st April 2020

22nd May 2020

12th June 2020

28th July 2020

25th August 2020

If you have a group of people please get in touch to discuss alternative dates.

Training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person
Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £55 per person

Total £175 per person

All fees are payable upon booking.

You will require:
1) Coveralls.
2) Safety footwear.
3) Gloves.
4) Helmet with visor and ear defenders.

The rest of the equipment will be provided by us.
Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment and machinery to discuss suitability.

Half a day integrated training and assessment method (all training and assessment is carried out in the same day).

Award in the Safe Use of Leaf blowers 14-24 City and Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have four people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Safe Use of Leaf Blowers – half day refresher £60 +VAT = £72 per person

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance certificate of completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

One day, training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Why do I need a ticket?

Under PUWER regulations anyone using machinery within their work must have received adequate training whether it be formal or informal and meets the requirements of their insurance company.

What machines does it cover?

Whether it be battery, electric or petrol, if you use one in the workplace you should have had some training.

Leaf blower, really?

A number of reasons have found it necessary to have a leaf blower course, these include, with the machine being used more and more in the workplace and having a engine with the possibility of a lot of power the decision was taken to produce a formal qualification.

The other being misused and horseplay on the work site, such as the leaf blower challenge (putting the hose in near to your mouth and running the machine at full power to see how long people can last – videoed and then put on social media).

Who needs a leaf blower ticket?

People working within:

  • landscaping industry
  • grounds maintenance
  • horticulture
  • arborist
  • woodland management
  • utilities
  • game keeping

How long is the course?

Usually as integrated training and assessment it can be completed in half a day.

Can it be completed in the same day?

Yes, through integrated training and assessment.

Or you can choose to just complete the practical assessment

How many people can be trained in a session?

4 four per session can be training and assessed.

What options do I have?

You can either complete the City & Guilds training and assessment or choose to do just formal training with no assessment, provided your insurance company are happy with that arrangement.

What could I use a leaf blower for?

Most commonly used for blowing leaves, chip and arisings at the end of the days work. Also, for clearing newly fallen snow and more recently controlling of the flames during heather burning season and wild fires.

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