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...
Can I stop my neighbour building close to my tree?
You may be able to
depending on the importance of the tree, the nature of the building proposed and distance between the proposed building and the tree in question. If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees
which could potentially be affected by the ...
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...
Where can I find a registered contractor?
If the building work proposed requires planning consent, all trees
which could potentially be affected by the development (including those off-site) should be assessed by an arboricultural consultant in accordance with British Standard BS5837 Trees
in Relation to
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
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...
Power to the Bump - support for new mothers
In 2016 the Equality and Human Rights Commission/Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published research findings, which showed that young women are more likely to
experience particular negative and potentially discriminatory experiences related to
their pregnancy a...
What are the typical services of an arboricultural contractor?
Services typically required of an arboricultural contractor are: Tree maintenance operations including pruning, and related works to
relevant British Standards (see our Tree Work Terminology page) Tree planting operations and aftercare/establishment programmes ...
What practical qualifications and training do I need?
Legal Requirements The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place general duties on employers and the self-employed to
provide health and safety information and training. Provision and Use of Work Equi...
What regulations are there for handling of hazardous substances?
Control of Substances Hazardous to
Health Regulations 2002 What is it? CoSHH applies to
employers and the self-employed in order to
reduce the risks of exposure to
harmful substances. You are responsible for taking effective measures to
control exposure and protect health...