Below is a link to the Good Practice Guide for Safety Requirements in New Zealand Arboricultural Operations - the GPG. The GPG is a ‘living’ document designed to reflect current workplace practices and techniques, it is reviewed annually and we encourage submissions and user feedback.
In 2015 the Best Practice Guideline became a Good Practice Guide (GPG) in keeping with the then direction of WorkSafe New Zealand. Part of WorkSafe’s reasoning was that it is not possible to state with absolute certainty that a practice described in a BPG is in fact the ‘best practice’ in all circumstances and/or for all conditions. Also by defining a practice as ‘the best practice’ it did not encourage developments in systems or technology that introduce new and safer ways of working. The New Zealand Arboricultural Association support the change from ‘Best’ to ‘Good’ and urge uses of this document to always look for safer ways of working.
The Good Practice Guide for Safety Requirements in New Zealand Arboricultural Operations is intended as a ‘living’ document which is open for submissions at any time. By existing as a ‘living’ document the GPG is able to remain current with industry practice.
In 2012, WorkSafe New Zealand released the second
Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for Safety and Health in Arboriculture. This document is commonly referred to as the 'Tree's Code Part One’. To download the Tree's Code Part One go to the WorkSafe New Zealand ACOP web page
. The Tree's Code Part Two (the Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work Around Power Lines) can also be found there.
Good Practice Guideline (GPG) for Arboriculture
View and download the latest version of the Good Practice Guidelines
Safety Requirements for New Zealand Arboricultural Operations.
This version and all subsequent versions will be reviewed annually, your comments and submissions are welcome.
It is intended that these guides remain living documents and is reviewed and updated annually.
If you would like to make a submission or comment about the content of this document, or you would like to suggest additional safe working practice for Safety and Health in Tree Work please complete the submission form or email firstname.lastname@example.org