top of page
MIS300 – Safe Tree Work (2nd ed.) (Member Price)

A Minimum Industry Standard for Safe Tree Work


This document covers the core work skills of operating safely on tree

work sites. The document is aimed at workers conducting tree pruning

and removal operations, rather than consultancy, testing or other types

of arboricultural works.


About the MIS Series


This book is one in a series of Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) 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.

MIS300 – Safe Tree Work (2nd ed.) (Member Price)

  • 1: Working in arboriculture


    Fundamentals of safe work in arboriculture

    • Safe work framework

    Risk management

    • Risk management process
    • Sample risk matrix
    • Risk control measures
    • Example risk control measures
    • Competency for the task
    • Safety responsibilities at work

    Fit for work

    • Diet


    2: Preparing to conduct tree work

    Receiving work instructions

    • Permits and notifications
    • Selecting and preparing equipment and PPE:

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Arboriculture

    • PPE Frequently Asked Questions
    • 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

    Working in remote areas


    3: Arriving on site

    • Approval to be on site
    • Deciding on a work plan

    Site and tree risk assessment

    • Safe Work Method Statements and risk controls
    • Recording site and tree inspection
    • Completing the JSA or similar

    Site hazards

    • Uneven or disturbed ground
    • Insects or wildlife
    • Hangers
    • Allergenic plants or vines
    • Electrical conductors and other services
    • Weather conditions

    Tree hazards

    Environmental impact and control measures

    • Environmental management plan
    • Waste/clean-up management plan
    • Water quality protection
    • Noise control
    • Dust/debris management

    Site setup and preparations for work

    • Preparing the site
    • Work site exclusion zones
    • Signs
    • Traffic management
    • Emergency preparations
    • Aerial rescue
    • Pre-start checks


    4: Conducting tree work

    Safe work practices: accident prevention methods

    • Examples of safe work practices
    • Basic site safety rules
    • Work methods
    • Manual handling
    • Heat stress and dehydration
    • Fatigue and stress
    • Stress management

    Communication during tree work

    • Call-and-response protocol
    • Methods of communication on tree sites
    • Hand and whistle signals for use on tree sites
    • Site management during tree work


    5: Completing tree works

    • Processing debris
    • Cleaning, storing and transporting equipment
    • Retiring condemned equipment
    • Completion of works
bottom of page