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The Tree Guild of WA is an organisation of Tree contractors dedicated to improving the professionalism of the tree industry and educating the general public about proper tree care. You can email us directly CLICK HERE!
SafeWork Australia: New Chemical Database
July 7, 2016
New chemical database provides easy access to chemical information.
From SafeWork Australia:
A new, easy to search chemicals database is available on the Safe Work Australia website.
The Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) provides information on chemicals that have been classified in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
The new database features classification and labelling information for over 4 500 chemicals, including pictograms as well as a searchable database of workplace exposure standards.
HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) and will make it easier for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end-users of chemicals to meet the requirements of the GHS.
The GHS will become mandatory under the model work health and safety laws from 1 January 2017.
Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous workplace chemicals are responsible for ensuring that correct GHS labels and SDS are prepared for hazardous chemicals.
Users of workplace hazardous chemicals can keep using, handling and storing hazardous chemicals labelled in accordance with a previous labelling code if the product was supplied before 1 January 2017.
From 1 January 2017, users should not accept new hazardous chemical products that are not GHS labelled, e.g. labelled in accordance with previous labelling codes.
More information about the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS is available on the Safe Work Australia website:
- Hazardous chemicals including Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
- Hazardous Chemical Information System
Users of the database should note that the classifications and labelling information is provided as advice only.
Operate and Maintain Chainsaws @ Challenger Institute of Technology
July 7, 2016
This competency standard covers the maintenance, preparation and operation of hand held chainsaws and is suitable for anyone who is required to operate a chainsaw as part of their job role.
Operate and Maintain Chainsaws
2016 Course Dates
08/08/16 – 09/08/16 (Mon / Tues)
24/10/16 – 25/10/16 (Mon / Tues)
This competency standard is run over two days and covers:
- Apply skills and knowledge to cross-cut fallen timber
- Identify cutting techniques to maximise volume and quality recovery
- Comply with mandatory codes of practice and relevant legislation to safely operate chainsaws in the workplace along with duty of care to self, others and the environment
- Dress requirements pertaining to Occupational Safety and Health are mandatory for participation in this course. Steel capped boots, gloves for handling chainsaw bars and chains, safety glasses, leg protection (Chaps) helmet with optional visor and ear muffs
We look forward to welcoming you to a great Challenger Institute short course soon.
Green Space Alliance
Formed in 2014 as an informal industry group to provide a united voice on green space issues to the Western Australian Government, the GSA has matured into a representative alliance with the following vision:
To live in a community that values green spaces at its core, which deliver benefits to everyone through improved health, wellbeing and liveability by using innovative water and urban planning solutions.
The Western Australian government and industry stakeholders are committed to the creation of better green space in Perth, however there are some significant challenges. At present some areas of Perth suffer from a lack of green space and this will only become an increasing concern as opportunities to provide green space are reduced due to increased urban infill and reduced water availability. Western Australia therefore needs to take immediate action by developing progressive policies which address green space challenges and promote an environment of innovation which supports the development of green space for Perth.
In light of these concerns, a group of horticulture industry members and aligned bodies from Western Australia formed the Green Space Alliance (GSA). The GSA has established a vision for the provision of green space in Perth and identified a number of principles to guide the achievement of this vision.
The Alliance recently released a discussion paper entitled ‘Improving Urban Liveability’, addressing how urban planning and water management policy in Perth impacts liveability, as well as an associated position statement.
Contact the Green Space Alliance for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t risk it. Take another look
Western Power has launched an Industry Safety campaign this week focused on improving our customers awareness of the hazards of works in proximity to our assets.
Over the past two years there has been an upward trend in the number of third party contractors making accidental contact with the network. The number of incidents has nearly doubled in the past year, rising from 89 incidents in 2015 to 170 incidents last year. The leading causes of contact with live powerlines either overhead or underground, were activities involving vehicles, excavation and overhead crane operation. Already in February this year there have been 30 incidents, which equates to more than 1 day.
Of the 170 incidents in 2015, 27 involved the underground network, 122 involved the overhead network and 21 involved tree cutting activity.
“The vast majority of these incidents could have been avoided if people would just not risk it and ‘Take another look’.” Sean Mc Goldrick
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard
February 26, 2016
Some tree loppers tout for business by putting flyers in letterboxes, advertising in the local newspaper or on noticeboards, promoting their services via social media, such as community Facebook pages, or advertising via online classifieds such as Gumtree.
In 2015 Consumer Protection received 160 enquiries and 34 complaints about tree loppers tending to relate to:
- damage to property
- failure to complete the job as agreed, for example not grinding stumps
- not removing debris / waste
- bullying tactics when sub-standard work is challenged.
To cut down your chance of having issues with a tree lopper we have some simple tips. READ MORE
WA Tree Climbing Championships 2016
February 17, 2016