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Autumn and winter are the best times of year for training as working on the land becomes more difficult at this time of the year.Pesticide courses are really busy at the moment with Grandfather Rights for Pesticide Applications disappearing on 26th November 2015. We are able to offer you good training and preparation for the City & Gilds NPTC assessments which are required to achieve the Certificate of Competence that is now necessary to replace all Grandfather Rights. Spare places available on courses in October, November and December.

For working on some Forestry Commission sites it is now necessary to have +F on your Emergency First Aid at Work Certificates.   Newlands Training First Aid courses have been approved to allow us to offer +F and courses run every month throughout the year.

This is a good time of year to consider a Basic Tree Inspection course before all the leaves are gone making the job a bit harder.   No pre-requisite knowledge required and good to be able to ear-mark any suspect trees before they become dangerous or a problem. 12th October Basic Tree Inspection Course with Lantra Certification has spare places.

Health and Safety and the Self-Employed

Health and safety law in relation to self-employed people is changing. From 1 October 2015, if people are self-employed and their work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to them.

However, the law also states that there are certain work activities where the law applies because they are high risk. If the work involves any of these activities, then the law will continue to apply:

  • Agriculture, including forestry and horticulture;
  • Construction
  • Work with asbestos
  • Railways
  • Gas
  • Genetically modified organisms

HSE have produced guidance on this:

Please take a look at website homepage for a list of all our courses. We hope to see you soon.

Best wishes

Lesley Simpson