MIS309 Equipment Inspection 2nd ed.


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This book is one of a series of Minimum Industry Standards produced by Arboriculture Australia Ltd and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association in consultation with the national arboriculture community in both countries. These industry peer-reviewed documents provide a ‘body of knowledge’ which is shared by practitioners and can be used as the basis for training, dissemination of skills and professional development.

This document covers the work task of conducting periodic documented inspection of arborist personal protective, rigging and height safety equipment. Guidance on industry consensus for applicable Australian and New Zealand and international standards for different components is provided, as well as a number of different generic inspection checklists to use if the manufacturer’s inspection checklist is not available.


Introduction to equipment inspection 

Section 1: Documented equipment inspection 

Documented equipment inspection FAQs 

Preparing for inspection: researching requirements 

  • Acts

  • Codes of Practice 

  • Australian, New Zealand and international standards 

  • Minimum Industry Standards 

  • Manufacturer’s guidelines 

  • Company SWMS or SOPs 

Conducting equipment inspection 

  • Presenting equipment for inspection 

  • Providing expert advice 

Process of equipment inspection 

  • 1 Prepare the inspection area 

  • 2 Enter information 

  • 3 Check for automatic failure and service life 

  • 4 Conduct careful inspection of equipment 

  • 5 Confirm suitability for intended function(s) 

  • 6 Record inspection result 

  • Equipment inspection record forms 

  • Sample 1: Generic equipment inspection record excerpt 

  • Sample 2: Single product inspection form 

Section 2: Arborist personal protective equipment

  • A minimum standard for PPE 

  • Helmet 

  • Eye protection 

  • Hearing protection 

  • Safety boots 

  • Chainsaw protective clothing 

  • High visibility clothing 

  • Sun protection 

  • Gloves

  • Arc flash protection 

  • Other PPE 

Section 3: Arborist height safety equipment 

Arborist climbing and rigging ropes

  • Rope inspection form excerpt 

  • Splices in rope 

  • Inspecting splices 

Karabiners and other connectors 

  • Correct configuration of karabiners

Arborist climbing equipment 

  • Arborist harness

  • Lanyard and adjuster 

Climbing systems 

  • Selecting and configuring equipment within a climbing system

  • Example of equipment compatibility and configuration: Petzl RIG 

Correct selection and usage of climbing equipment 

  • Example of equipment misconfiguration 

  • Climbing systems 

  • Other climbing and rigging components 

Fall-arrest equipment 

  • Fall-arrest harness

  • Energy-absorbing lanyard