About Trees – Kent Tree Surgeons


Health and Safety Policy

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Health and Safety Policy

Tree surgery often means working at heights with ropes and chainsaws, this can be a very dangerous job; we take this extremely seriously and have measures in place to reduce these risks as much as possible.

All of about…trees staff are fully trained and qualified in the arboricultural sector, on any given contract we will have at least one member of ground-staff who can perform an aerial rescue in case the climber gets in to trouble. A rescue kit is carried at all times.

We will carry out a thorough Risk assessment prior to works commencing and have method statements detailing how we will approach the job in hand.

Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) is issued to all staff; this includes chainsaw protective boots, trousers, and helmets with ear defenders and eye protection.

An ethos of methodical practice is encouraged.

About Trees Ltd - Health and Safety Policy

Date: JAN 2024

About Trees Ltd is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of its employees, contractors, clients, and the public. We recognise that Arboricultural work involves inherent risks and hazards, and we are dedicated to implementing the latest health and safety directives and guidelines, including PUWER and LOLER, to mitigate these risks. This Health and Safety Policy outlines our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health and safety in all our activities.

About Trees Ltd will adhere to all relevant health and safety legislation, including but not limited to:

- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.

- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

We will also stay updated on any new legislation and guidance from authoritative bodies, such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Arboricultural Association, Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG), and Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA), and incorporate them into our practices.


3.1. Management Commitment

The management of About Trees Ltd is committed to providing leadership, resources, and support for the implementation of this Health and Safety Policy. They will ensure that adequate resources are available to meet our health and safety objectives.

3.2. Employees and Contractors

All employees and contractors are responsible for their health and safety, as well as the safety of others affected by their work. They must comply with the company's health and safety procedures, including PUWER and LOLER compliance, report hazards, and actively participate in training programs.

About Trees Ltd will identify, assess, and manage risks associated with our activities, including equipment-related risks in compliance with PUWER and LOLER. This includes conducting regular risk assessments and implementing control measures to eliminate or reduce risks. Risk assessments will be reviewed and updated as necessary.

We will ensure that all employees and contractors have the necessary skills and competence to perform their tasks safely, especially when it comes to using equipment covered by PUWER and LOLER. Training will be provided, and records of training and qualifications will be maintained.

Safe working procedures will be established for all activities, considering guidance from HSE, AFAG, FISA, and the Arboricultural Association, including specific procedures related to the use and maintenance of equipment in compliance with PUWER and LOLER. These procedures will be communicated to all employees and contractors.

Appropriate PPE, including equipment-specific PPE, will be provided and maintained for all tasks where necessary. Employees and contractors will be required to wear PPE as specified in our procedures and guidelines.

All incidents, accidents, near misses, and potential hazards must be reported immediately to management. We will investigate incidents thoroughly to identify root causes and implement corrective actions.

About Trees Ltd will have emergency procedures in place for responding to accidents, fires, and other emergencies. Employees and contractors will be familiar with these procedures.

We are committed to continuous improvement in health and safety performance, including PUWER and LOLER compliance. We will regularly review our policies, procedures, and practices to identify areas for improvement.

This Health and Safety Policy will be communicated to all employees, contractors, clients, and relevant stakeholders. It will be displayed prominently on our premises and website.

This policy will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary to reflect changes in legislation, industry standards, and best practices.

Authorised by Management

Wayne Elwell (Director)

JAN 2024