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RR699 - Engaging arboriculture clients: Safety and Health Awareness Days (SHADs)

This research was aimed at adapting and deploying a ‘cultural barometer’ to assist the HSE agriculture team in assessing the impact of an arboriculture client Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD) event.

The study took a measure of SHAD attendee’s views prior to their attendance at an arboriculture client SHAD and also took the same pre-intervention measure from a matched ‘control’ group, who did not attend the event.

The study gathered insight into how arboriculture clients contract services, the nature of the contracts, their attitudes to employing competent contractors, the existing measures they have in place for contracting services and their intention to introduce improvement measures.

It was recommended that in order to assess the impact of the arboriculture SHAD, a post-intervention measure is taken with both the target and control group using the same cultural barometer.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19