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 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...
I have a tree which is outside my boundary and not under my control - whose responsibility is it?
The law is very clear with regard to
a tree owner’s ‘duty of care’: Legally, the owner of the land is responsible for trees
growing on their land. If the tree is growing on Council owned or managed land then you should contact your local Council.
I do not know who owns a tree, which is causing me concern – who do I contact?
Local Councils do not hold records of land ownership, and therefore cannot advise on the ownership of trees
, you should contact the Land Registry who hold details of land ownership. A charge is made for this service.
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...
How can I ensure that the equipment I use meets the statutory regulations?
Work Equipment Legal requirements The primary objective of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) is to
ensure that work equipment should not result in health and safety risks, regardless of its age, condition or origin and that it should be ...
What is a Tree Consultant?
A tree (arboricultural) consultant is someone who has gained recognised qualifications and expertise in the care and management of trees
- particularly trees
in landscape and amenity features, in gardens and parks or other populated settings where they are for the enjoyment a...
Verbal abuse, Trolling on Social Media and Defamation: Legal Pointers
If anyone posts or says something that makes you feel uncomfortable or which upsets you or makes you angry, report it: Every social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) has a reporting section that you should use for any abuse received online. There are var...