Safety in the workplace is of the utmost importance for NZ Arb. Injuries have been reduced by the use of good safety rules and standards in professions and industries the world over.
It is recommended that all Arborists engaged in arboricultural work shall have current competency to carry out that work. This is achieved by education and knowledge of safe work practices.
NZ Arb is continually revising its BPG (2013)
based on the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), for tree worker safety is of the highest importance. The latest “ACoP Part 1: Arboriculture” was completed in 2012 and can be viewed and/or downloaded via this link ACoP – Part 1: Arboriculture (2012).
Safety and Health in Tree Work
There are three Codes of Practice (as part of Safety and Health in Tree Work), specific to the Tree Care industry, these are:
While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.
Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance or revoked.
Currently in Revision – see below
To view the above existing ACoPs, please click on the relevant code above.
However, it is highly recommended
to review the new working draft ACoP Part 2 (link below after overview).
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EXISTING CODES
Part 1: Arboriculture
The potential for accidents in tree work is very high, and many of the injuries are serious. So safety in your work is of the utmost importance to you, your family and your fellow workers. Injuries have been reduced by the use of good safety rules in professions and industries the world over. All Arborists engaged in arboricultural work shall have current competency to carry out that work.
Competency outcomes shall be documented including any national qualifications supporting competency to this Code.
This introduction is from the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) For Safety and Health In Tree Work, Part 1.
Part 2: Maintenance of Trees Around Power Lines
This Code contains minimum safety requirements for the maintenance of vegetation in close proximity to any live power lines, whether part of an electricity network or privately owned power line, where the work activity is covered by the Health and Safety in Employment Act for any of the parties to the work. This Code should be read in conjunction with the Arborists’ Code Part 1, asset manager requirements appropriate to any of the work, and the service provider’s work processes and procedures.
The Code pertains to work in connection with maintaining or clearing vegetation in the vicinity of power lines.
This introduction is from the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) For Safety and Health In Tree Work, Part 2.
Part 3: River and Stream Operations
This code sets out sound work and safety and health practices for those involved in tree work carried out in rivers and streams by local authorities under the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941 and the Land Drainage Act 1908.
It describes obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and Regulations, general safety rules, safety clothing and equipment, noise, safe use of chainsaws and mobile plant, tree felling,
lopping and layering, tree slotting and trenching in river and stream work.
This introduction is from the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) For Safety and Health In Tree Work, Part 3.