Forest Research, Defra and the Arboricultural Association have designed a survey to help understand how arboricultural contractors are experiencing the effects of working with OPM. They are looking to understand the extent, severity and long term effects that the tree pest is having on the health of operatives and the commercial implications for future management.
The Arboricultural Association says: “We want to hear from those who have suffered health impacts and also those who have not – whether in the current OPM affected area or elsewhere in the country.
“There has been a lot of anecdotal information about the effects of working with OPM and the types of PPE and methodologies used. In order to be able to offer sound, accurate information and guidance to contractors and climbing arborists carrying out this work, we need to collate accurate feedback from the industry, whose operatives are dealing with the issues on a daily basis.”
The survey is open until 17 April 2020. To complete it, please click here.