Chippers and other lawn waste management machines are great at getting your debris picked up and reconstituted into something you can use in your garden. However, they can be very hazardous if not operated correctly. Like any powerful tool, brush chippers, shredders and mulchers must be operated with care and caution in mind.
First, don't wear loose clothing, jewelry or other accessories that might get caught up in the machine. A good pair of jeans and a tucked-in work shirt would be an appropriate outfit for working with a brush chipper/shredder/mulcher. If you have long hair, secure it into some type of hair tie, clip or wrap so that it does not blow into the machine either. Once you have your wardrobe secure, add on a few safety items. As with any powerful tool or machine, you need quality soundproof ear protection, shatterproof goggles, a hard hat, gloves and steel-toed boots. If it sounds like you are gearing up to use your chainsaw, it should; these safety precautions are fairly universal no matter what type of power tool you use.