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 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...
Will hammering a nail into a tree kill or harm the tree?
Hammering anything into a tree
is intrusive and will cause harm; a tree
is a living organism and an injury such as this is damaging. The outer bark layer on a tree
stem protects against disease and decay, anything that breaches it can allow the entry of harmful organisms. The...
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...
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...
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...
How do I report a problem with a tree on council land?
If you have any concerns or enquiries about a tree
on Council land, contact the Council directly.
What’s this fungus growing on my tree? Is it killing the tree and making it unsafe?
If your tree
is showing symptoms of ill health, which may be related to pest or disease, cultural or other reasons, you can send samples to the following organisations for analysis. Or consider engaging the service of an Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant or ...
My neighbours are unhappy that a tree growing in my garden overhangs their property and say that the
Under common law rights a neighbour can cut back any foliage that overhangs the boundary to the boundary line without reference to the owner of the tree
/shrub (this includes roots!). If the tree
is covered by a Tree
Preservation Order (TPO) or is growing within a Conservation...
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...