Chainsaw Maintenance and Operations - Occasional User

Chainsaw Maintenance and Operations - Occasional User
CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2
AWARD IN CHAINSAW
MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS –
OCCASIONAL USER
QUALIFICATION GUIDANCE
Integrated Assessment
Essential Qualification Information
Not to be used by the Candidate during Assessment
You will require some of this information to accurately complete the Record of Assessment (ROA)
Qualification
Group No
Qualification
Programme No
Accredited Non Specific
0 0 2 9
0
0
2
9
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5
Award In Chainsaw Maintenance and
Operations – Occasional User
Unit(s)
0 0 1
Maintenance and felling operations for trees
up to 150mm
Learning Time
(LT)
0 0 1
LT 21 (2 Credits) (* see note on page 2)
Recommended
Assessment
Duration
2 – 4 hours per Candidate
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Operations – Occasional User
Qualification Guidance
Introduction
The scheme will be administered by City & Guilds
City & Guilds will:
Publish
- Scheme regulations
- Qualification guidance
- Training materials
- Trainers support materials
Approve centres to co-ordinate and administer the scheme
Set standards for the training of Verifiers and Assessors
Recruit, train and deploy Verifiers
Issue certificates to successful Candidates
The Qualification
The qualification will be awarded to Candidates who achieve the required level of competence in the units to which their certificate relates.
What is the Qualifications and Credit Framework?
OFQUAL have introduced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to increase flexibility for learners and employers. Qualifications may be built
up from individual units according to rules of combination. The units are derived from the National Occupational Standards, which are compiled by
Lantra SSC, the Sector Skills Council for the Land-based industries.
Instruction
Attendance at a course of instruction is not a pre-requisite for an application for an assessment but potential Candidates are strongly advised to ensure
that they are up to the standards that will be expected of them when they are assessed.
* Learning Time (LT)
Learning Time (LT) is a better indicator of the time requirement needed for a candidate to achieve competence in this qualification. It has replaced
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which are defined as “tutor or teacher led hours”. LT is defined as “a notional measure of the learning time a
typical learner might be expected to take to complete and achieve all learning outcomes”. It takes into account prior learning and encompasses:
formal learning (including classes, tutorials, on line tuition), coaching and mentoring, practical work, relevant IT activity, information retrieval, expected
private study and revision, work-based activity which leads to assessment, practice to achieve competence, formative assessment, programme planning
and feedback.
Access to Assessment
Assessment centres will be responsible for arranging assessment on behalf of the Candidate.
The minimum age limit for Candidates taking Certificates of Competence is 16 years. There is no upper age limit.
The assessment consists of one compulsory unit:
Unit 001
Maintenance and Felling operations for trees up to 150mm
Outcomes
1.
Be able to work safely (1)
2.
Carry out essential maintenance to the engine, chain, drive and guidebar (2)
3.
Carry out pre-start and safety check (3)
4.
Prepare for felling and fell trees (4)
5.
Take down a small hung up tree (5)
6.
Cross-cut and stack timber on the ground of varying diameters to a given specification (6)
7.
Remove branches safely (7)
8.
Know how to work safely whilst carrying out chainsaw activities (8)
Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities in (both) the above unit(s).
There are no endorsements for this Award.
Quality Assurance
Verification is a process of monitoring assessment; it is an essential check to confirm that the assessment procedures are being carried out in the way
City & Guilds has laid down. The overall aim of verification is to establish a system of quality assurance that is acceptable in terms of both credibility and
cost effectiveness.
Approved Assessors will be subject to a regular visit by the verifier at a time when assessments are being undertaken.
A selection of assessment reports completed by the Assessor will be evaluated by a City & Guilds approved verifier.
Compliance with the verification requirements is a pre-requisite for Assessors remaining on the list of approved Assessors.
After assessment has been completed the Qualification Guidance is to be forwarded to the centre and retained by the centre until after the annual
centre visit has taken place by a Quality Systems Consultant (QSC).
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As part of the quality assurance process, a minimum of two observations are required to be undertaken for each qualification that is assessed by a
Trainer/Assessor. These will be carried out by an internal Verifier appointed by the Centre. One observation will be conducted in the presence of the
Quality Systems Consultant. In respect of risk management, there is an expectation that additional observations up to a maximum of four will be carried
out for the inexperienced or newly qualified Trainer/Assessor or Assessors.
Performance Evaluation
The result of each assessment activity is evaluated against the following criteria:
M=
Met
Meets or exceeds the assessment criteria by displaying a level of practical performance and/or underpinning knowledge.
If the Criterion has been MET, a tick  is to be put in the box provided in the bottom right-hand column of each section.
NM =
Not Met Does not satisfy the requirements of the assessment criteria, being unable to perform the practical task satisfactorily or safely or
being deficient in underpinning knowledge. If the Criterion is NOT MET, a cross  is to be put in the box provided in the bottom
right-hand column of each section.
Appeals and Equal opportunities
Centres must have their own auditable, appeals procedures. If a Candidate is not satisfied with the examination conditions or a Candidate feels the
opportunity for examination is being denied, the Centre Manager should, in the first instance, address the problem. If, however the problem cannot be
resolved, City & Guilds will arbitrate and an external verifier may be approached to offer independent advice. All appeals must be clearly documented by
the Centre Manager and made available to the external verifier or City & Guilds if advice is required.
Should occasions arise when centres are not satisfied with any aspect of the external verification process, they should contact Verification Services at
City & Guilds.
Access to the qualification is open to all, irrespective of gender, race, creed, age or special needs. The Centre Manager should ensure that no learner is
subjected to unfair discrimination on any grounds in relation to access to assessment and to the fairness of the assessment. QCA requires City & Guilds
to monitor centres to check whether equal opportunities policies are being adhered to.
Additional Information
May be sought from the relevant manufacturer’s operator manuals or any other appropriate training or safety publication.
Questions should be related to the background or employment aspirations of the candidate and, where possible, product labels used should be
representative of products typically used in that sector or industry.
Candidates who undertake this assessment and have met the requirements are reminded of their legal obligation to receive/undertake appropriate
additional training in the use of any equipment that differs from that used during the assessment, but which they are nevertheless qualified to use.
Assessment Guidance for the Trainer/Assessor
This qualification can be assessed by a Trainer who has trained the Candidate (a Trainer/Assessor) or by a third party (an Assessor) not directly
involved with training of the Candidate providing they are suitably qualified and meet the requirements of the awarding body. Please see City & Guilds
Centre Manual for guidance.
It is envisaged that assessment will be carried out after all of the training has been completed. However assessment may take place at intervals after
each ‘period’ of training and may be effectively integrated into the training programme. The Candidate must be informed when assessment is taking
place in terms of when formal assessment commences and when its ceases. It is not permissible to assess whilst training is being carried out.
Assessment must be a separate activity.
Trainer/Assessors are reminded that assessment is a formal process. Assessment must be carried out using the Qualification Guidance. All relevant
assessment criteria must be assessed against the criteria as specified in the Qualification Guidance. Assessment will be carried out by direct
observation and by oral questioning of the Candidate. Where a specific number of responses are required these may include other suitable
answers not specified if they are deemed to be correct by the Assessor. The performance of the Candidate is to be recorded on the Qualification
Guidance as directed by completing the tick boxes. Space has been provided on the Qualification Guidance for the person assessing to record relevant
information which can be utilised to provide feedback to the Candidate. Trainer/Assessors are reminded that feedback from the Candidate is required on
the Record of Assessment that is sent to City & Guilds as part of the quality assurance process. After assessment has been completed the assessment
schedule is to be forwarded to the centre and retained by the centre until after the annual centre visit has taken place by a Quality Systems Consultant
(QSC).
The Candidate may only have a maximum of 3 attempts for assessment. Thereafter, re-assessment cannot take place until further training
has been provided.
Assessment Guidance for Candidate
A list of registered assessment centres is available from City & Guilds Land Based Services. (www.nptc.org.uk)
Assessment is a process by which it is confirmed that the candidate is competent in the unit(s) within the award to which the assessment relates. It is
the process of collecting evidence about his/her capabilities and judging whether that evidence is sufficient to attribute competence.
The Candidate must be registered through the City & Guilds approved assessment centre for this qualification prior to the assessment.
The results of the assessment will be recorded on the Record of Assessment form (ROA).
The qualification guidance contains criteria relating to:
 Observation of practical performance
 Assessment of underpinning knowledge
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Chainsaw Safe Practice
At all times during the assessment, equipment must be used in accordance with industry good practice, whatever the task being carried out.
1.
Assessors must hold a current ‘First Aid at Work’ Certificate.
2.
All chainsaws used in assessments must comply with relevant Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) guidance and HSE
Chainsaws at Work INDG317(rev1), in terms of safety features, and be a model and size suited to the task(s) required.
4.
Recommended guide bar lengths should be observed, although variations may be accepted at the discretion of the assessor where this is
appropriate to the task.
5.
Candidates should be familiar with the machinery, equipment and tools that they are going to use.
6.
During chainsaw based assessments a spare working chainsaw must be available.
7.
Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times by both the candidate and the assessor. All PPE used must
comply with relevant AFAG guidance, industry good practice, Health and Safety Executive publications and current legal requirements in
terms of specification and use.
8.
A First Aid kit meeting current regulations, of the appropriate size for the number of persons on site, must be available, along with appropriate
fire fighting and suitable welfare facilities e.g. hand cleansing wipes.
9.
The use of personal first aid kits must be line with current industry good practice.
10.
The assessor must ensure a site specific risk assessment has been carried out, sufficient control measures implemented and appropriate
emergency procedures recorded. All recorded risk assessment information should be clearly legible and accessible to candidates and
completed for all locations where assessment activities are scheduled to take place.
11.
Manual handling techniques must comply with current legislation and industry good practice.
12.
Any necessary permission must have been granted, and notifications made as appropriate.
13.
All equipment being used for this assessment must comply with relevant legislative requirements.
14.
Information may be sought from the relevant operator manuals or any other appropriate training or safety publication.
15.
The current regulations for transport, handling and storage of fuel and oils must be complied with.
16.
Provision must be made to avoid the risk of environmental pollution.
17.
It is the responsibility of the assessor and the candidate to ensure that any additional requirements and provisions are met as relevant to this
qualification.
18.
At all times during the assessment, candidates must act in a way so as not to endanger themselves, the assessor or any other person or
equipment. Work must be carried out to achieve the requirements of the assessment criteria in accordance with all relevant and current
legislation and good practice guidance.
19.
If required, relevant records must be accurately kept.
20.
Appropriate steps should be taken to maintain effective teamwork in respect of other persons on site during the assessment. .
21.
Any appropriate item of machinery complying with current legal requirements is acceptable for the assessment, provided it is suitably
equipped for all assessment activities to be carried out.
22.
All equipment being used for this assessment must comply with the relevant requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations (PUWER) 1998.
23.
A breach of Health and Safety that puts any person at risk during the assessment process will result in the assessment being
terminated and the Candidate not meeting the required standard.
This may include taking steps to ensure effective communication and safety precautions.
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Candidate A
Name:
Date:
Start Time:
Duration:
Candidate B
Name:
Date:
Start Time:
Duration:
Candidate C
Name:
Date:
Start Time:
Duration:
Candidate D
Name:
Date:
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Duration:
CRITERIA
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ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
1.2
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
Risk assessment for
workshop activities
Candidate to state three
hazards
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Clean around the engine
Assessor to observe
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power unit covers removed
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engine fins cleaned if required
CANDIDATE
A B C D
identify three hazards and the risks from the work
area
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Air filter maintenance or air
intake maintenance on a
battery powered chainsaw
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Candidate to demonstrate
how to clean the filter or the
air intake on a battery
powered chainsaw as per
manufacturer’s instructions
Filter cleaned:
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excess debris removed from around the filter
before removal
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protect the carburettor
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filter removed
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filter inspected
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filter cleaned appropriately using the correct
method, materials/tools/equipment
filter refitted correctly
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2
Clean and inspect the
condition of the chain
brake mechanism and
state action to take if it is
worn
Candidate to demonstrate
how to clean and inspect the
chain brake mechanism
Candidate to state what
action to take if the
components are worn
2.4
Clean and inspect the drive
sprocket
Met  Not Met X
air filter needs to be cleaned regularly because it
prevents debris entering the carburettor and it
needs to be clean to maintain air/fuel ratio and
the performance of the saw
The Candidate is required to
explain why the air filter
needs to be cleaned regularly
Candidate to demonstrate
how to clean around sprocket
and comment on its condition
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Chain brake maintenance:
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remove cover
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clear debris from chain brake mechanism/clutch
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providing four explanations
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chain brake checked for wear and condition
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Action to take if the chain brake components are worn:
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replace band
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repair not possible label saw “ not too be used,
defective chain brake”
Met  Not Met X
Clean and inspect drive sprocket:
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remove debris
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condition of sprocket is commented upon
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Explain why correct
maintenance to the guide
bar is essential
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The explanation may include:
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to reduce the possibility of the chain coming off
the guide bar
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to prevent damage to the chain from burrs
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to prevent overheating of the bar
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to reduce chain and sprocket wear
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so that the chain runs evenly on the guide bar
rails
to ensure that there is no blockage preventing
oiling
to ensure that the saw cuts straight
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CRITERIA
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ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
2.5
Maintain the guide bar in
accordance with
manufacturers instructions
Candidates are required to
demonstrate how to carry out
remedial maintenance.
(Gloves may need to be
worn if the risk assessment
indicates that this is a
requirement)
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ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
The following should be carried out;
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an inspection to identify uneven or damaged
guide bar rails
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the straightness of the bar is checked
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blueing and cracking are identified
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the bar is dressed are necessary (filed
appropriately)
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burrs are removed correctly
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groove and oil-holes are cleaned
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nose sprocket is greased (if applicable)
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the bar (if refitted) is turned to reduce wear
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bar mounted correctly
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chain fitted correctly
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chain tensioned correctly
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side case secure
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candidate to state the length, pitch, gauge and
cutter type for their chain
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2.6
Refit all components and
tension chain
2
3.1
Identify the chain length,
pitch, gauge and cutter
type
Assessor to observe and
check security of side case
nut
Candidate to identify : length,
cutter type pitch and gauge
Met  Not Met X
Sharpen a chain in
accordance with
manufacturers instructions
3
Candidates are required to
sharpen one chain
The following are required:
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identify correct sharpening angles and file size
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check cutters for damage/wear
Before candidates carry out
sharpening, they are to
discuss the choice of tools
and how they propose to
carry out the task with the
Assessor
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select appropriate cutter to start
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chain held securely
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cutters sharpened using correct file
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top and side plate angles maintained
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cutters sharpened to consistent length
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burrs removed (if applicable)
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depth gauges filed to appropriate height with the
profile maintained
all cutters sharpened correctly
The manufacturer’s
information must be available
(chain chart or box):
Oregon Power-sharp systems
may be used
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Met  Not Met X
3.3
State the symptoms and
effects of an incorrectly
maintained chain
Candidates are required to
state three symptoms which
indicate poor cutting
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wood dust
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fine slithers of wood
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cuts may not be straight
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vibration or kick back may occur
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4.1
4
Identify and check the
safety features of a
chainsaw
Confirmation that:
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PPE sticker present
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chain/bar cover is present
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clearly marked on/off switch
Note: safety features present
will depend on the design of
the chainsaw
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front guard/chain brake lever is operational
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throttle only operates when the interlock is
depressed
chain catcher is present and sufficiently
undamaged to be effective
rear hand guard is present and undamaged
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anti-vibration mounts are undamaged
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exhaust baffle (silencer) is intact
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the chainsaw is fitted with a chain with low
kickback characteristics
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The candidate is required to
confirm that the safety
features are present and
working correctly
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CRITERIA
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1.3
1
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Select and wear
appropriate personal
protective equipment
(PPE) for chainsaw
activities
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Assessors are to observe
candidates during
assessment and ensure
compliance
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Select and wear PPE to include:
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chainsaw trousers
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protective footwear (chainsaw boots)
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chainsaw gloves
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chainsaw helmet with ear and face/eye protection
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personal first aid kit
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whistle
Met  Not Met X
Carry out pre-start checks
4.2
Candidate to carry out prestart checks
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Pre-start checks to include:
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chain tension and condition
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safety features present and working
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external nuts and bolts secure
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sufficient fuel and oil
Met  Not Met X
Start the chainsaw safely
4.3
4
Candidates to select an
appropriate site for fuelling
and test starting (if
applicable)
Appropriate site selected for fuelling:
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a safe distance from buildings
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away from main fuel store
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away from the work area and other equipment
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a safe distance from sources of ignition
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where minimal environmental damage would
occur from a fuel spillage
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a level area free from obstructions which could
foul the chain
Starting procedure:
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remove chain/bar cover
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place saw on ground ensuring that no debris can
become entangled in chain
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secure rear handle
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engage throttle lock
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engage choke
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apply decompressor (if fitted)
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start/stop switch to on position
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ensure chain brake is set according to
manufacturers instructions
adopt a safe stance ensuring legs and feet are
clear of any danger, the chainsaw is secure and
that there is minimal risk of injury
pull toggle to find compression
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pull starter cord sharply/firmly
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choke released after engine has fired
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half throttle released
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chain brake released to rev saw for testing
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Candidate required to carry
out operational checks of the
chainsaw
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Appropriate site selected for test starting:
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a site clear of other persons (5m exclusion)
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a safe distance from the fuelling point
Candidates are to carry out
starting of the chainsaw.
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Operation checks include:
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on/off switch functions correctly
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chain lubrication is functioning correctly
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chain brake is operating correctly when applied
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chain does not move at tick over (chain creep)
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
5.1
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Explain tree felling safety
considerations
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Candidate to explain four
considerations
5
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Safety conditions may include:
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weather and ground conditions
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no one within two tree lengths
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warning signs posted
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no one below on steep slopes
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location of overhead cables
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other _________________________________
Met  Not Met X
1.1
Identify the hazards and
state control measures
1
8.1
State the planning
procedure for lone working
The candidate is required to
identify four hazards on the
site and state control
measure
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Candidate to state four of the
procedures relevant to the
site they are working at
Stated emergency procedures may include:
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tell someone where you will be during the day
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mark on the map where you are, also mark the
route, and give the map to your contact person
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always carry a mobile phone or communication
radio
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keep in regular contact with your contact person
(a designated person), at least every three hours
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have a transport vehicle when in the forest (if
applicable)
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observe all other safety procedures carefully
8
8.2
Describe possible causes
of environmental damage
8
Candidates are required to
describe one cause and one
way of preventing damage to
the environment
Met  Not Met X
Possible causes of environmental damage:
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incorrect storage of fuel and oil
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defective machinery
poor work practices
Possible ways of preventing environmental damage:
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suitable site
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non-spill spouts or funnel
5.2
Prepare 3 small trees for
felling
5
The Candidate is to prepare
3 trees (the Candidate is
required to comment on the
proposed activities before
carrying them out)
Two trees up to 100mm (4”)
One trees up to 150mm (6”)
8.4
8
State situations when it
would not be safe to carry
out felling activities
The candidate is required to
state two situations where it
would not be safe to carry out
felling activities
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remove all litter
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other _________________________________
Met  Not Met X
Preparation includes:
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dead trees or other vegetation in the felling
direction are removed
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debris are removed from around the base of the
trees to be felled to facilitate access
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low branches are removed by safe “brashing”
Prior to felling includes:
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determine a safe working zone
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determine a safe felling method
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determine safe felling direction
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select and prepare escape route(s)
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tree is inspected for signs of rot or decay,
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buttresses removed where appropriate
Met  Not Met X
Situations may include:
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during high winds
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when trees are in a dangerous condition
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in close proximity to live power lines
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when the task is beyond the level of training the
operator has received
Met  Not Met X
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
5.3
Demonstrate how to safely
fell trees
Candidate to describe how to
carry out the operation before
work commences
5
Note: If the candidate is not
able to explain how to carry
out the operation or does
not understand the risks,
the assessor should not
permit felling to take place
until they receive
satisfactory responses to
their questions
The assessor is to ensure
that Two trees are up to
100mm and one tree is up to
150mm
Step-cut
Felling cut
‘V’ cut
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Step-cuts are made using:
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cuts at an appropriate height
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“pushing” chain or “pulling” chain
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cut is completed the chain brake is applied
Felling carried out:
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prepare a sink of the correct dimensions to
determine felling direction using:
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a safe stance
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top sink cut is at an appropriate angle
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bottom sink cut is level and as close the ground
as is practicable
cuts are of appropriate depth
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cuts meet accurately
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sink cuts face chosen direction of fall
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a hinge is retained of adequate dimensions
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a felling aid is employed in an effective and safe
manner
the prepared escape route is used as the tree
begins to fall
the site is checked for safety once the tree is on
the ground
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Met  Not Met X
8.6
Explain the potential risks
when removing branches
The candidate is required to
explain three of the risks
when removing branches
8
Risks may include:
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tripping over or falling onto obstacles
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contacting obstructions with the chainsaw causing
kick back or chain damage
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tree rolling, especially if operating on a slope
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spring back from cut branches or bent over
saplings trapped when the tree fell
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falling debris from surrounding trees
Met  Not Met X
Safely remove branches
5.4
5
The candidate is required to
demonstrate branch removal.
Any safe efficient method
consistent with good practice
is acceptable
Good practice will include:
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correct stance and support of the saw
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thumb around the front handle
6.1
6
The assessor to observe
6.2
6
The assessor is to confirm
with the candidate that they
know the correct procedure
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neither handle released while chain is moving
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applying chain brake if reaching across bar
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applying chain brake when negotiating obstacles
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good positioning of the saw and systematic
sequence of cuts as appropriate for the tree
all branches removed flush with the stem
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Preparation of the site includes:
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assessing the position of the tree
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checking the condition of the hinge ( if present)
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removing debris and obstacles from around the
tree
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prepare escape routes
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selecting and putting in position appropriate felling
aids/tools
ensuring that there is a safe zone
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Make the necessary cuts
to facilitate taking down a
hung up tree
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preparation to take down a
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Good practice will include:
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correct stance and support of the saw
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correct position and angle of cuts for removal of
appropriate part of the hinge(if present)
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chain brake applied and saw place in safe
position
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
6.3
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Take down the tree using
hand tools
6
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
A tree that will not turn or fall
can be walked down with a
suitably prepared short pole
or tongs.
The candidate is expected to
attempt to take down the tree
using hand tools; if
unsuccessful the Assessor is
required to take over and if
appropriate use a winch.
Note: The assessor must
have a winch available in
case a tree cannot be taken
down using hand tools.
8.3
Safe lifting and handling of
timber
Candidate to describe three
ways to safely lift or handle
timber
8
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
Taking down a hung up tree:
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the aid tool is positioned and attached securely
Aid tool operated using:
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straight back
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correct grip
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correct pushing technique
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correct lifting and dragging technique
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aid tool repositioned if necessary
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operator did not work in danger area
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aid tool released as tree falls
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escape route(s) used
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the tree is left in a stable condition
Met  Not Met X
Safe lifting:
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avoid lifting if there is a viable alternative
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use aid tools where appropriate
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pivot load rather than carry them
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drag, roll or move end over end
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keep the back straight, bend knees whilst lifting,
and avoid twisting
only lift within personal capabilities
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7.1
Cross-cutting timber on the
ground
7
There should be sufficient
timer of suitable diameter to
undertake a minimum of 10
cuts.
Candidate to identify tension
and compression prior to
cutting
Tension/compression must
be present for four cuts
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Met  Not Met X
During cross-cutting:
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PPE used correctly during all activities
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safe starting procedure carried out
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safe stance adopted whilst carrying out all
activities
bar aligned to maintain accuracy of cuts
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head kept out of line of chain
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throttle use effectively to cut safely and efficiently
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cuts completely severe timber
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appropriate boring technique used
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sequence of cuts prevent saw becoming trapped
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appropriate aids are used for lifting, levering or
rolling timber
chain brake used appropriately
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saw switched off
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bar covered
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saw left in safe position
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tension and compression correctly identified
Met  Not Met X
7.2
Describe the procedure for
removing a trapped saw
The candidate is to describe
how to remove a trapped saw
7
7.3
7
Demonstrate how to stack
the product
The assessor is to determine
the specification for stacking
the timber
To remove a trapped saw:
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switch off engine and/or apply the chain brake
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apply chain brake
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During stacking:
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use of appropriate aids to handle and move
product
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correct manual handling techniques are employed
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stack positioned correctly and is appropriate
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the stacking meets specification
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manual stack left in a safe stable condition
Met  Not Met X
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
1.4
1
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Leave the site safe and
tidy
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
The candidate is to leave the
site in a safe and tidy
condition as specified by the
Assessor
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ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
roads and footpaths are left free of debris and
waste material
the site is left tidy
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Activities may include:
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ensuring no branches are left on fences, roads,
paths, timber stacks, over young trees, or in
waterways
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brash is tacked as required in readiness for
processing (if applicable)
Met  Not Met X
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Summary of Assessment (The Assessor is to complete the following as appropriate)
Tick
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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Candidate A
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Signed:
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Candidate B
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Date:
Signed:
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Candidate C
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Date:
Signed:
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Candidate D
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Date:
Signed:
Date:
For use by Internal Verifier ONLY if the assessment process was internally verified
(Internal Verifier to complete ONE of the boxes below)
I observed an assessment process taking place and I am satisfied that the assessment was conducted in line with the qualification requirements
and that the judgement of the Assessor was appropriate.
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I observed an assessment process taking place. The following were noted as areas of concern.
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Signed:
Date:
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