Help for Arborists

Help for Arborists is a library of generic and arb-specific guidance resources available for members to download and use.

You’ll find everything you need here from generic HSE guidance to Arboricultural Association guidance documents in the form of templates, policies, proformas, risk assessments and associated notes.

If you’re already a member just login to access whatever you need.

See the screenshot for the full list of what’s available in Help for Arborists and become a member to start reaping the benefits of joining the home of professional Arboriculture.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for then you can always give an Arboricultural Association Technical Officer a call – it’s one of your membership benefits!

Here are just a few examples of the useful resources available:

Do you know how to check for bats? (there is more information available in our Help and Advice section)

Did you know that fuel requires a CoSHH assessment?

Work at Height: what do you know? (see the regulations and a downloadable outline in Help for Arborists). The ICoP – Tree Work at Height document can be downloaded for free below.

Useful Links:

HSE – Tree Work Website

Sector specific information on health and safety. It is most relevant to Arborists, tree surgeons and forestry workers and will help you find essential information and guidance on good practice including training and PPE which are essential.

HSE website

FISA UK Safety Guides

Safety guides from the Forest Industry Safety Accord.

FISA website


The UKs biggest discussion forum for Arborists.

Arbtalk website

Forestry Commission Biosecurity Resources

Forestry Commission website

Industry Code of Practice

ICoP - Tree Work at Height

Guides and Templates

Subject: Generic guidance Arb-specific guidance

Biosecurity in arboriculture and urban forestry

HSE: An introduction to Health and SafetyBiosecurity Position Statement

Pest & Disease Symptoms InformationPest & Disease Symptoms Information

Environment Agency Position on Infected Trees and PlantsEnvironment Agency Position on Disposal of Infected Trees and Plants

Tree Alert

Plant health portal

Sample Company Biosecurity Policy templateCompany Biosecurity Policy

Biosecurity Generic Risk AssessmentBiosecurity Generic Risk Assessment

FC Biosecurity guidance

Free Biosecurity Training

Biosecurity in Arboriculture Z-Card

Arboriculture – Tree work at height

ICoP - Tree Work at HeightICoP - Tree Work at Height


Get you business ready for GDPR

12 Steps to Prepare for GDPR

Data Protection Self Assessment

Guide to GDPR - Key Definitions

GDPR - Key Changes

Further information

Data Protection Network Guidance