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MIS309 – Equipment Inspection (2nd ed.) (Member Price)

A Minimum Industry Standard for Equipment Inspection


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.


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.

MIS309 – Equipment Inspection (2nd ed.) (Member Price)

  • 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 


    Eye protection 

    Hearing protection 

    Safety boots 

    Chainsaw protective clothing 

    High visibility clothing 

    Sun protection 


    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 
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