Safe Work Australia has published updated work health and safety guidance for tree work.
The Guide to managing the risks of tree work updates the previous Guide to managing risks of tree trimming and removal work.
The most significant changes in the guide relate to duties around managing the risk of falls when accessing trees and when to consider providing an additional backup safety line for single-rope access systems.
The guide provides practical information to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to manage work health and safety (WHS) risks associated with tree trimming and removal work, including lopping, pruning, wood chipping and stump grinding.
The changes ensure consistency across Safe Work Australia’s guidance on managing the risk of falls, and the updated guide name reflects more commonly used industry terminology.
Ensure you are aware of the changes and understand your WHS duties when managing the risks associated with accessing trees.
Download the Guide to managing the risks of tree work today.