Forestry and Arboriculture – Free training (March 2016)

HSE is running a few Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs) aimed at those involved in forest operations (in Scotland on 18 and Northumberland on 22 March) and also arboriculture contractors (in north London on 9 March) – but you will need to be quick to secure a place. Further details below:

Forestry Safety and Health Awareness Days are being held on:

  • 18 March 2016 at Battleby, Perthshire
  • 22 March 2016 at Kielder Castle, Northumberland

HSE has again teamed up with the Forestry Commission’s Learning and Development team to host these events and they are supported by the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) with sponsorship from the industry.

Developed in partnership with the industry, all those involved in forest operations should benefit from the half-day sessions, from forestry work managers to site supervisors, to those actually carrying out the work. At these events, scenarios are acted out based on situations that have led to serious accidents in the past. Risks are examined and common sense solutions are identified that can be applied on site.

They will cover:

  • use of forestry machinery
  • forestry chainsaw work
  • directional felling (including use of hydraulic wedges and bottle jacks)
  • hand-arm and whole body vibration, and
  • public access issues. 

Attendance at either of these Forestry SHADs is by booking only. For further information or to book places please contact Jack MacGregor at HSE by emailing or telephoning 01463 723273 (indicating whether you wish to attend the morning or afternoon session). Applications will be confirmed upon receipt.

Aboriculture Safety and Health Awareness Day

This is being held on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4 RQ, so you will need to be quick!

To deliver this one-day event, HSE has again teamed up with the Arboricultural Association.  It is aimed at arboricultural contractors who do not currently have ready access to competent sources of advice. As such, the first 60 places will be reserved for arboricultural contractors who are not current Arboricultural Association members or ARB Approved Contractors.

Financially supported by both the HSE and Arboricultural Association, it is delivered by a team of Arboricultural Association Technical Officers, HSE staff and the Arb Matters training team. The course is aimed at any arboricultural or tree work contractors – specifically those who are not members of the Arboricultural Association.

The key objectives are:

  • to increase the competence, knowledge and understanding of contractors regarding current legislative requirements, awareness of significant health and safety issues and where to find practical advice on how to implement safe working practices; and
  • to support a reduction in the number of fatal and major injuries in arboriculture by disseminating industry good practice and making those who work in the industry more aware of the benefits of working safely.

Topics covered will include:

  • Pre-works assessments
  • training and certification
  • relevant industry safety guides and codes of practice
  • PPE available to arborists
  • risk assessments for commercial arboriculture
  • application of LOLER
  • work at height safety audits;
  • demonstrations including access into, moving around in and descending from trees and aerial rescue.
  • A comprehensive range of support materials will also be provided.

This event is also free and runs from 09:00 am - 4.30 pm. Attendance is by booking only via the Arboricultural Association. To find out more visit