OSHA Requirements for Chainsaw Chaps

Chainsaw chaps may not be the most glamorous of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), but they are essential for anyone who works with chainsaws. OSHA has requirements for chainsaw chaps, and this blog will help you understand what you need to know to stay safe on the job.

What are chainsaw chaps?

Chainsaw chaps, or logging chaps, are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is worn by individuals who work with or around power saws. Chainsaw chaps are made of sturdy, abrasion-resistant fabric that is designed to stop the chain of a running saw. Chaps typically cover the front and back of the legs from the waist to just below the knee. OSHA has specific regulations regarding the use of chainsaw chaps and other PPE for workers who are exposed to power saws.

What are the OSHA requirements for chainsaw chaps?

Under OSHA regulations, chainsaw chaps must be made of certain materials, have certain features, and be properly used in order to provide adequate protection. Chainsaw chaps must be made of Kevlar, Spectra, or similar bullet-resistant textile. The material must be at least 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) thick and cover the front part of the leg from the hip to the ankle. Chaps must have a pocket for a knee pad and must close securely around the waist with a fastener such as Velcro.

OSHA regulations pertaining to chainsaw chaps include:

You can also learn more about OSHA recommendations for chainsaw chaps here.

When using chainsaw chaps, you must also wear eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, and non-slip boots. The chaps should fit snugly over your clothing but not so tight that they restrict your movement. Chainsaw chaps can provide effective protection against injuries from contact with a chainsaw chain, but they will not protect you from being hit by a falling tree or other hazards. Always follow safety procedures and use common sense when working with dangerous equipment.

What are the benefits of wearing chainsaw chaps?

Chainsaw chaps offer protection against cuts from a saw chain should the chain break or contact the user while the saw is running. Chaps are made of durable fabric, such as Kevlar, and they distribute the force of a moving chain over a large area to help prevent serious injury. Chainsaw chaps are an important part of personal protective equipment (PPE) for anyone who uses a chainsaw.

When you’re working with a chainsaw, the last thing you want is for the chain to come into contact with your skin. That’s where chainsaw chaps come in. These personal protective garments are designed to stop the chain before it can cause serious injury.

How to choose the right chainsaw chaps?

There are a few things you should take into consideration when choosing chainsaw chaps.

The first is the type of fabric. Chainsaw chaps are typically made from Kevlar or ballistic nylon, both of which will provide good protection. The next thing to consider is the fit. Chainsaw chaps should be snug but not too tight. They should also be long enough to protect your entire leg, from your hip to your ankle. Finally, you should make sure that the chainsaw chaps you choose are rated for the type of chainsaw you’ll be using them with. The rating is usually based on the length of the bar on your saw. For example, if you have a 16” saw, you’ll need chaps that are rated for at least that length.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you choose the right chainsaw chaps for the job at hand.

How to properly wear chainsaw chaps?

When properly fitted and fastened, chainsaw chaps will prevent serious injuries if the chainsaw comes into contact with the legs. Chainsaw chaps should be made of heavy-duty fabric, such as Kevlar or denim, and they should fit snugly against the leg.

Chainsaw chaps consist of two parts: an apron that covers the front of the legs and a legging that covers the back of the leg. The apron is held in place by straps that go around the waist, while the legging is held in place by straps that go around the thigh.

The apron should cover the front of the leg from the waist to the ankle, while the legging should cover the back of the leg from the thigh to the ankle. The straps should be made of durable material that will not break or stretch under pressure, and they should be adjustable so that the chaps can be fastened tightly around the waist and thigh.

How to care for your chainsaw chaps?

You’ve made a wise decision to purchase chainsaw chaps, and now it’s important to learn how to take care of them. Proper care will extend the life of your chaps and help you stay safe while using your chainsaw. Here are some tips for caring for your chainsaw chaps:

  • Inspect your chaps regularly for rips, tears, or other damage. Replace them if they are damaged in any way.
  • Clean your chaps after each use with a damp cloth.
  • Store your chaps in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when you’re not using them.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any repairs or alterations.

Frequently asked questions about chainsaw chaps

Q: Are chainsaw chaps required by law?

A: No, there are no federal or state laws in the United States that require the use of chainsaw chaps. However, some employers may have policies in place that require their employees to wear chaps while operating a chainsaw. OSHA also has requirements for employers to provide chaps for their workers.

Q: Do chainsaw chaps expire?

A: Yes, most manufacturers recommend that chainsaw chaps be replaced every two years or after sustaining heavy damage.

Q: How do I know if my chainsaw chap is still effective?

A: Chainsaw chaps are made from a variety of materials, including Kevlar and steel mesh. over time, these materials can weaken and become less effective at protecting you from a chainsaw blade. If you are unsure whether your chap is still effective, contact the manufacturer for more information.

5 things to avoid when wearing chainsaw chaps

1. Do not wear chaps over pants with cuffs. The cuffs can catch on the chain and cause the pants to ride up, exposing your skin to the chain.

2. Do not wear chaps that are too loose. Loose chaps can catch on the saw and cause you to be pulled into the chainsaw.

3. Do not wear chaps that are too tight. Tight chaps can restrict your movement and make it difficult to operate the saw safely.

4. Do not wear chaps that are torn or damaged. Damaged chaps will not provide adequate protection from the chain.

5. Do not remove your chaps while you are using the saw. Removing your chaps while the chainsaw is running can result in serious injury or even death.


OSHA standards require that workers using chainsaws must wear chaps made of flame-resistant materials that cover the front of the legs from the waist to at least mid-thigh or the boot top. Chaps must also be equipped with snaps, buckles or other closures to keep them securely fastened.

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