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  1. Hey guys I'm hoping you can clear something up for me info wise that I am struggling to find anything on. I work in a Zoo / i'm in charge of browse collection for large mammals. Due to general bureaucratic issues with management who have little to no Arb knowledge, I am restricted to using a powered pole saw or in layman's terms a chainsaw on a stick (hah) and have to do any pruning from the ground. Recently i've butted heads with the site health and safety officer over PPE requirements in order to use the equipment in a public space following a complaint from a visitor that I wasn't wearing chainsaw pants... Now after 3years studying Arboriculture and a good 6 years in the Arb industry I have never come across any requirement under the UK HSE that chainsaw pants are needed in order to use a pole saw. I have contacted HSE for clarification as there isn't an available AFAG leaflet I can find on the equipment and HSE merely deflected my query to OSCHR who ... well ...there isn't a consultant in my postcode and their website forms and contact email addresses don't work. I'm at a dead end. Is there anyone who can clarify for me please the minimum PPE requirements for using a powered pole pruner and if possible if you have any link to ANYWHERE I can use as evidence to provide to my H&S officer it would be a massive help. I'm more under the assumption that the H&S officer can't find this info herself either so she's being difficult and using the situation as an excuse to make me do her job for her but for the sake of nutritional demand for the hoofstock, I really need to clear this situation up ASAP. Massive thanks in advance to anyone who is able to assist me please. Thank you.

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