Health and Safety for Arborists 

Arborists are tree care professionals who work with trees in a variety of settings, including public spaces, private properties, and forests. They perform various tasks, such as tree pruning, tree removal, and tree planting.

Arborists encounter several health and safety hazards in their work, including: 

  • Falls: Arborists often work at heights, which can increase the risk of falls. 
  • Contact with hazardous materials: Arborists may encounter hazardous materials, such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers. 
  • Exposure to noise: Arborists may be exposed to high levels of noise, which can impact their hearing. 
  • Vibration: Arborists may be exposed to vibration from chainsaws and other power tools, which can damage the hands, arms, and shoulders. 
  • Back injuries: Arborists may suffer from back injuries from lifting heavy objects or from working in awkward positions. 


To protect their health and safety, arborists should take the following precautions: 

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE): Arborists should wear PPE, including hard hats, safety glasses, hearing protection, chaps, steel-toed boots, and gloves. 
  • Complete training: Arborists should complete training in tree care and safety. 
  • Be aware of the risks: Arborists should be aware of the risks associated with their work and take steps to mitigate those risks. 
  • Follow safety procedures: Arborists should always follow safety procedures. 
  • Inspect equipment: Arborists should inspect equipment for damage before use. 
  • Take breaks: Arborists should take breaks throughout the day to avoid fatigue. 
  • Report hazards: Arborists should report hazards to their supervisor or another person in charge. 


Additional safety tips for arborists: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings: Always be aware of your surroundings and make sure you have a safe path to escape in case of an emergency. 
  • Buddy up: If possible, work with a colleague when you are pruning or removing trees. This will ensure that someone is there to help you in case of an accident. 
  • Plan your work: Before you start working on a tree, take some time out to plan your work and identify any potential hazards. 
  • Use the right tools: Make sure you are using the right tools for the job. Using the wrong tools can increase the risk of accidents. 
  • Take your time: Don’t rush when you are working on trees. Take your time and be cautious. 
  • Get help when you need it: If you are not able to do a task safely, get help from a qualified arborist. 


By following these tips, arborists can help to stay safe and prevent accidents 

The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a wide range of EHS topics 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Risk assessment templates covering arborist safety 
  • Management system to document control the policy on tree care safety 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of work activity working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on arborist safety 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving tree care, both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding tree care and similar activities to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 



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