When using potentially dangerous equipment such as chainsaws, it is essential to wear a safety helmet, to protect your head from flying debris. A face visor, eye goggles and ear defenders are also advisable, for complete head protection.
Chainsaws have the potential to inflict serious injury, especially if not used correctly. The majority of chainsaw injuries affect the hands and lower body, with less than 10% occurring in the head or neck – but the injuries that do occur in this area can be fatal.
Most such injuries are caused by kickback, when the chainsaw encounters a solid object it cannot move through, and is thrown back towards the user. It is easy to see, then, why it is so important to wear a high-quality helmet, which conforms to the appropriate safety standards.
To help you choose the best chainsaw safety helmet to keep your noggin safe, we’ve put together this list of what we think are the 5 best options on the market, based on their meeting of European safety standards, comfort, and value for money.
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Remember, safety first! See our top picks below:
Our favourite chainsaw safety helmet has integrated safety glasses, face visor and ear defenders, to protect your whole head
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This high-quality Stihl Chainsaw Helmet is much more than just a safety helmet – included with this model are integrated ear defenders and safety glasses, as well as a full face visor, to protect your entire head.
The ear defenders function well to protect your hearing from the loud noise of the chainsaw, and the face visor defends your face from flying debris. If smaller splinters or pieces of sawdust enter through the visor, the safety goggles are there to protect your eyes.
If you want to use it as just a helmet, this is possible, as the ear defenders easily push onto the helmet when not in use, the glasses are removable, and the face visor lifts up. In-built cushioning in the helmet ensures it’s comfortable to wear, and the size is adjustable, so you can alter it to fit you.
The helmet is compatible with EU safety regulations, including EN 166, EN 352, EN 397 and EN 1731. You can also take comfort from the fact that Stihl is a highly reputable brand in this field.
All these features do come at a price, as this is our most costly chainsaw safety helmet, but it’s still not expensive, considering what you get – and after all, you really can’t put a price on safety.
- High-quality, professional safety helmet.
- Includes face visor, safety glasses and ear defenders.
- Glasses will protect your eyes against small splinters.
- Compatible with EU safety certifications: EN 166, EN 352, EN 397, EN 1731.
- In-built cushioning system for comfort and safety.
- Adjustable size ensures a perfect fit, whatever your head size.
- You pay for quality – this is our priciest safety helmet.
Our best value option is a steel visor to guard your face – but doesn’t offer any head protection
If you’re not looking to invest quite so much in a chainsaw helmet, check out this Oregon Browguard & Steel Mesh Visor. This one consists of a safety brow guard, with a steel mesh face visor.
This option isn’t really a helmet, and is instead designed to protect your face and eyes from flying debris created when operating a chainsaw – which it does well. It’s lightweight, breathable, easy to get on and off, and the single-point adjustable headband means you can alter it to fit comfortably.
However, the lack of an actual helmet means it doesn’t offer any head protection against kickback, or flying branches. There is also the possibility that sawdust could get through the mesh, and into your eyes, so you will need to wear safety goggles.
As well as head protection and safety goggles, this one is also missing ear defenders, so you will need to purchase these separately as well – which, when you add it all up, perhaps doesn’t make this option quite such a bargain.
If you already have the other personal protective equipment though, and you’re just looking for something to protect your face, this high-quality visor might be all you need to complete your chainsaw safety gear.
- Protects your face from flying debris.
- Adjustable headband so you can ensure a good fit.
- Lightweight and comfortable to wear.
- Mesh visor means it doesn’t mist up and obscure your vision.
- Conforms to EN 1731 F safety standards.
- Highly affordable.
- No actual helmet, ear defenders or safety goggles included.
- Will only protect your face, not your head or ears.
- Small particles may come through the mesh.
This affordable hard hat has ear defenders and a face visor – the only thing missing is safety goggles
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This Wolf Hard Hat with Face Visor is a blend of our two previous models, in terms of safety features and price. This one includes a safety helmet, ear defenders and a mesh face visor – but no goggles. The price, however, is considerably cheaper than the Stihl helmet.
The helmet has a solid construction, and comes ready to wear, apart from the visor, which just needs to be clipped into place. It’s ‘one size fits all’, as the head harness can be easily adjusted to fit all sizes of head.
Padded brow and chin straps help to make the helmet more comfortable to wear – although as most of the fittings are made from plastic, it is unlikely to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time.
It conforms to the EN 352-3 standard for ear protectors, EN 397 for industrial helmets, and EN 1731 for eye protection – although, we’d still recommend wearing additional eyewear underneath the visor, just to make sure you’re safe from splinters and sawdust.
For shorter jobs, you can’t go far wrong with this multi-functional safety hard hat. Considering all the features on offer, this is another option that represents excellent value for money.
- Comes with helmet, ear defenders and face visor, to protect your head, face and ears.
- One size fits all – adjustable head harness ensures a good fit.
- Padded brow and chin straps for improved comfort.
- Conforms to EN 352-3, EN 397 and EN 1731.
- Mesh visor is breathable, and doesn’t steam up.
- No safety eye goggles included.
- Can feel a little heavy/uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
This professional-grade chainsaw safety helmet includes a useful lower chin guard, to protect from upward-flying debris
Our next option is this Oregon Waipoua Chainsaw Safety Helmet. Available in a neon orange colour, this one comes with a professional-grade helmet, ear defenders, a face visor and a protective lower chin/neck cover.
All of these are high-quality, and feel as though they provide excellent protection. The ear defenders protect against noise up to 27db, and the lower chin cover is particularly helpful in preventing flying debris and wood chips from entering below the visor, offering you improving facial protection.
The helmet has an adjustable headband, so you can make sure it fits perfectly to your head. Other features designed to make it more comfortable include a leather head band, and air vents, for improved circulation on hot days.
Again, there are no safety goggles included with this model, so if you want to make sure your eyes are protected from sawdust, you might want to think about purchasing some separately.
If you’re looking for a chainsaw safety helmet that offers good all-round head protection for a reasonable price, you could do a lot worse than this Oregon Waipoua model.
- Designed for professional use.
- Includes helmet, ear defenders and face visor, for total head protection.
- Also includes lower chin/neck guard, to prevent debris from entering under the visor.
- Adjustable head band for a comfortable fit.
- Air vents prevent overheating in hot weather.
- No protective eye goggles included.
- Visor mountings are a little flimsy.
A high-quality protective helmet with a focus on user comfort; includes a clear-vision visor, Egyptian cotton lining, and padded sweatband
Last, but by no means least, on our list of the best chainsaw safety helmets, is this McCullock Protective Forestry Helmet. Described as being for ‘semi-professional use’ this safety helmet features a hard hat, ear defenders and a metal mesh face visor. You’ll need to purchase goggles separately, if you require them.
The copper wire in the mesh visor is specially designed to not only be breathable, but to offer clear vision, with only a 20% reduction in light allowed through. This makes it preferable to Perspex masks, which can quickly mist up.
It is easy to adjust the size of the helmet, thanks to the internal 6-point ratcheting system. Fit adjustment can be done with one hand, without removing the helmet from your head, so it’s highly user-friendly.
The PU-covered Egyptian cotton lining inside the helmet ensures a comfortable wear, as does the dermatologically-tested sweatband. The helmet is fully tested to EN 352-3 and EN 1731 safety standards, so you can rest assured you’re receiving a quality product. It’s also HDPE approved, for use down to -30°C.
Overall, this is another great quality chainsaw safety helmet, that will protect not only your head but your face and ears as well. If you need something to keep you safe whilst using a chainsaw to fell trees or chop logs, this McCulloch Forest Helmet is here for you.
- Designed for semi-professional use.
- Includes a helmet, face visor, and ear defenders, to protect your whole head.
- Six-point adjustable webbing, for a good fit.
- Padded helmet front and dermatologically-tested sweatband offer improved comfort.
- Fine copper wire in the visor makes it breathable and offers you a clear view.
- Meets the EN 352-3 and EN 1731 safety standards.
- No protective eye goggles included.
- Not the most affordable option on the market.
How To Use A Chainsaw Safely
There are several precautions you can take when using a chainsaw to ensure you are safe. As well as a helmet, you should wear other chainsaw safety gear, including a face visor and ear defenders (if these are not included as part of your helmet), protective footwear with steel toe caps, long trousers, and long sleeves. Thick gloves are also important, especially as lacerations to the hands and fingers are the most common chainsaw injuries.
Make sure to properly prepare and clear the area around you before starting your chainsaw. This includes removing any trip hazards and ensuring no children or animals are able to gain access to your working area. Ensure there are no overhead power lines that might get in the way of your blade, and if you’re felling a tree, check that it has adequate space to fall.
Conduct a safety check to make sure that your chainsaw is set up correctly. This includes checking that the chain is on, the tension is properly adjusted, and the air filter is installed. Additionally, make sure it is filled with the correct fuel and lubricating oil.
Once you’re kitted up, and you’ve checked your area and chainsaw, you can begin working. Use common sense – always operate a chainsaw from level ground, not balanced on a ladder, and don’t reach too high above your head. If you’re working high up, you may need to think about installing a platform to stand on.
Place the chainsaw on the ground to start it, ensuring that the choke is on. When cutting, always keep two hands on the saw, and guide the blade through the wood, don’t force it. If you’re felling a tree branch, stand well clear of the falling limb. When you’re finished, allow your chainsaw to cool thoroughly before storing it away. It can also be a good idea to drain out any fuel and oil, as these are flammable liquids, and could cause a problem if they leak.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.