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    • Two Rope Working Consultation
      So following on from the other thread I’m starting this as a more serious discussion as to where we go from here.
      Please keep any responses sensible and constructive, use the other thread for any banter / moaning. 
      This is being read by the HSE so if we want to persuade them that we are a serious professional bunch whose concerns ought to be heard then we need to behave accordingly.
      For staff of the AA or HSE  I have tried to summarise a lot in one paragraph, if I have got anything factually wrong please post corrections.
      So to very roughly summarise how we got to this point: the EU passed a directive in 2004 which the U.K. adopted into our own HSE law, this stated ‘roughly’ that for rope access 2 attachments to separate anchors were required. At this point our industry through the AA and possibly others pushed back against this citing many of the issues that have been raised on the other thread. This push back was successful since at that time almost all tree work was being carried out using DDRT (doubled rope techniques) Helpfully DDRT is classified as work positioning by the HSE and not as rope access, ( basically if the rope is static and the climber moves up and down the rope it’s rope access and if the rope moves with the climber it’s work positioning, don’t ask why!) So we all carried on as normal using work positioning techniques, usually tying in twice when we were cutting and once the rest of the time.  More recently however SRT has been adopted in tree work, this shares much more with rope access and is classified as such by the HSE (fixed rope remember).  So at this point it became increasingly hard for the AA to argue that tree work was a special case since the techniques used appeared identical to the rope access industry which had been happily using 2 lines for a long time.


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    • Paul, @AA Teccie (Paul)
      Can this article be translated into a couple of sentences for simple folk rather than pages of script which left me no clearer on what / when a change might be imposed?  
      Is it saying that HSE require climbing arbs to use 2 separate ropes rather than the 2 ends of the same rope (for those that still dwell in the 19th century?) 
      If so, when is this likely to be implemented?  Are we non-compliant now?  Is the training non-compliant?  
      I have to admit, after reading it, I wasn't really any clearer on whether a change is imminent now, in the near future or maybe not at all.
      Love & peace,
      Confused of Cornwall..
      Arboricultural Association - Background to the HSE decision on two rope working
      WWW.TREES.ORG.UK A range of tree related help and advice for members of the public as well as tree surgeons.  
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    • No more imports of Oak trees from Netherlands, Belgium or Germany
      ! ! No more Quercus imports from the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany…..press release Friday 12th July 2019 from DEFRA.!!
      Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force.
      Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree disease Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).
      The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including:-
      · Those from OPM free countries.
      · Those from designated pest free areas including Protected Zones (PZ) - an area of the European Union declared free of OPM.
      · Those that have been grown under complete physical protection for their lifetime.
      This Statutory Instrument (SI) – which is due to be introduced in Parliament shortly– builds on measures introduced in August 2018 and applies to all oak trees, except cork oak, over a certain size. 
      The restrictions will cover both imports from overseas and the movement of trees from areas of the country where OPM is already present – in London and surrounding counties.
      At the Barcham Trees nursery in Cambridgeshire, UK, we have been enforcing a strict Biosecurity Policy for a number of years.  
      Our trees are supplied free of OPM. Visit www.barchampro.co.uk
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    • Do you have a facebook page that you regularly post on? I am keen to get some metrics on the success rate of this form of advertising. To make it simple if you could select the percentage of requests you get that lead on to an actual job please
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