A grass trimmer is a powerful tool, and it’s important to keep safety in mind when you use one. The right PPE is an essential consideration.
Alongside ensuring safe working practices with your grass trimmer or brushcutter, you must also wear the right clothing and equipment to keep you protected. The PPE gear must be fit for purpose and must not impair you in your work, meaning it’s a good idea for it to be close-fitting. Don’t wear anything that could get caught in trees, bushes or scrub; you shouldn’t wear scarves, ties or jewellery, for example. If you have long hair, tie it up so it’s above your shoulders, and keep it out of the way with a headscarf or cap.
We’ve summarised and explained the PPE options when working with your grass trimmer.
Take it from the top: you should wear a helmet when using a grass trimmer or brushcutter for thinning work in tall scrub, and anywhere there is a risk of falling branches and objects.
When working with a grass trimmer you should wear both safety glasses and a full-face visor or guard, as there is a risk of flying debris. Please note that a visor alone will not adequately protect your eyes.
As well as protecting you from injury, STIHL safety glasses are lightweight, secure and comfortable to wear. The high-quality glasses also absorb harmful UV radiation and provide a clear view that helps reduce eye fatigue.
Working in noisy conditions can cause long term hearing loss, so using ear defenders while you work with your petrol grass trimmer is extremely important. STIHL ear protectors suppress the sound pressure and frequencies generated by motorised machines, and we recommend their use in combination with a helmet. Eye protection is also always essential.
Strong work gloves made from leather or another robust material will help you keep a secure grip on your tool. If you’re using a clearing saw, we also recommend our practical, specially developed hand guard.
It’s important to wear close-fitting clothing when working with your grass trimmer or brushcutter. Even if you only use the tool occasionally, taking precautions with PPE for your legs is also a sensible idea. Our FS Protect protective trousers are compatible with impact resistant inserts that cover your shins.
For heavy-duty brushcutter work you should wear safety boots with a non-slip sole and good grip, plus steel toe caps. If your grass trimmer only uses a mowing line, you can wear any sturdy, non-slip shoes with a good grip.
PPE can’t do everything! No protective clothing can guarantee absolute safety, so remember that PPE is not a substitute for safe working practices. It is vital that you follow the guidelines included in the operating instructions for your grass trimmer.
Download the operating instructions for your STIHL grass trimmer anytime from our Support section.