AEM produces new safety manual for brush chippers

Brush Chipper Safety ManualThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has produced a new brush chipper safety manual that outlines safe equipment operation, start-up and shutdown guidelines, and maintenance precautions for a variety of brush chipper machine types.

AEM said its manufacturer members, working through the organization’s Environmental & Reduction Equipment Council (EREC), provided content development and review for the new manual. Input also was provided by AEM’s Forestry Equipment Council.

The manual is heavily illustrated with industry pictorials, and safety messages are presented in clear, readable text to aid understanding. AEM stresses that the information is intended to supplement, not replace, manufacturer operating manuals.

“Manufacturers design and build machines to enable the operators to work safely; the AEM consensus manuals are an additional industry resource to help reinforce safe operating practices,” said Tom Haley, product safety manager for Vermeer Corp. as well as past chair of EREC and current chair of North America’s ISO Forestry Technical Advisory Group.

James Vos, AEM safety materials manager, said the organization’s manuals “are an excellent resource for ‘tailgate’ safety programs and for use by equipment dealers and rental operations. AEM encourages their use as part of any training and education program for equipment operators.”

AEM safety manuals, videos, and related safety and training products are industry-consensus documents that provide a convenient and cost-effective way to provide safety information. Visit the online AEM Store ( for the full selection. Some materials are offered in downloadable files or in DVD format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials.

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