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When and why do I need to do a risk assessment?  Risk Assessment Legal Requirements Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999  (MHSWR or ‘the Management Regs’)  Regulation 3  requires every employer to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees whil...
 25/11/2015      11:06
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VETcert Videos: Further guidance on the management of veteran trees  These videos were produced by the Ancient Tree Forum and other partners in the VETcert project to encourage good practice in the management of ancient and other veteran trees. The titles on practical management cover the following topics (view below): Introduction to...
 27/08/2019      13:48
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Bats and trees: Who does what where!  There are currently 18 species of bats resident in the UK, many of which use trees in their daily activities. Just as people use trees for different purposes, different bat species use trees in different ways. Food: The UK’’s bats are all insectivorous. As trees encoura...
 19/03/2018      11:22
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Personal Fall Protection Systems – An Update  Simon Richmond , Senior Technical Officer Following the announcement in the Autumn issue of the ARB Magazine (issue 186, page 7) that the HSE is now requiring full compliance with the Work at Height Regulations in relation to tree climbing operations, there has been much ...
 27/11/2019      16:10
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What should I do to make sure that Bats are not affected?  All British Bat species are protected by law  and many bats roost in trees; although some bat species have adapted to living in buildings, trees still remain important throughout the year for most of the UK’s 16 species. Suitable trees are becoming fewer and further between ...
 24/11/2015      08:33
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How close to my house should a tree be?  In spite of what you may read in newspapers or be told by insurance companies, there are no fixed minimum recommended distances that you should plant trees of certain species from buildings. When choosing a tree or trees to plant, you should give careful consideration to des...
 23/11/2015      16:58
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What is the Helliwell system and how much is a “point”?  The Helliwell System is one of several methods of placing a monetary value on the visual amenity provided by individual trees and/or woodland. It has been extensively used in court cases, insurance claims and public inquiries to place visual amenity values on individual tree...
 24/11/2015      15:34
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Ash Dieback – Practice Guidance  Ash Dieback Guidance for Tree Owners, Managers, Contractors and Consultants Principal Author: Michael Sankus Thanks to the Arboricultural Association Arborist Working Group for their help in developing the guidance Download the PDF WHO is this guide intended for? ...
 26/09/2019      16:36
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Studying Arboriculture  Arborists can attain a host of qualifications, from City & Guilds CS tickets all the way up to Masters and PhDs. Depending on which aspect of managing trees you want to work in you can find out what you need to do here.
 25/03/2019      14:08
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What are the working regulations for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )?  Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, 1992 What is it? The PPE regulations require that employers provide suitable protective equipment to employees except where the risk has been adequately controlled by other means which are equally or more effective. W...
 25/11/2015      10:15
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