RSS Infrastructure has been awarded the ‘Utility Approved Contractor’ accreditation from The Arboriculture Association. The Arboriculture Association was founded in 1964 as a scientific and educational organisation keen to promote the care and value of trees in no forest settings. The passion for trees shown by their founders continue to exist in their Board and members today. Trees make a difference in the world in which we live. To our health, our well-being and our environment.
The Utility Approved Contractor scheme seeks to supplement existing compliance standards, e.g. RISQs for the Rail network but is assessed by arboricultural utility industry specialists, adding value to the process. Utility Approved Contractor status can be achieved by undertaking an annual assessment and audit taking account of supporting procedures, on-site activities, staff and associated technical knowledge, compliance with industry technical standards and standard/quality of completed works (by reference to BS 3998: 2010 – Recommendations for Tree Work where relevant.)
Graham Talbot, Head of Vegetation Management, holding the Arboriculture Association certificate
The accreditation from The Arboriculture Association is a significant achievement for RSS Infrastructure, demonstrating their commitment to upholding high standards in the care and maintenance of trees. Trees are essential to our environment, and their value cannot be overstated. They provide shade, improve air quality, and contribute to the beauty of our landscapes. However, their care and management require expertise and technical knowledge, which is why it is crucial to have organisations such as The Arboriculture Association to promote best practices and provide guidance.
The Utility Approved Contractor scheme is an important initiative that recognises the specific challenges and requirements of the arboricultural industry. By supplementing existing compliance standards, the scheme ensures that contractors working in the utility sector have the necessary skills and expertise to carry out their work safely and effectively. The annual assessment and audit process provides a robust mechanism for monitoring and improving performance, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.
Rigorous Assessment Process
Achieving Utility Approved Contractor status is a rigorous process involving demonstrating compliance with industry technical standards and meeting the quality requirements set out in BS 3998: 2010. The assessment also considers on-site activities, supporting procedures, and the knowledge and expertise of staff, ensuring that all aspects of the contractor’s operations are of the highest quality.
The accreditation from The Arboriculture Association is not just a recognition of RSS Infrastructure’s technical competence and expertise but demonstrates its commitment to sustainable practices and environmental responsibility. RSS Infrastructure creates a healthier and more sustainable world by caring for trees and promoting their value.
Commitment to the Highest Standards
In conclusion, the accreditation from The Arboriculture Association is a significant achievement for RSS Infrastructure, demonstrating their commitment to upholding high standards in the care and maintenance of trees. The Utility Approved Contractor scheme is an important initiative that recognises the specific challenges and requirements of the arboricultural industry and ensures that contractors working in the utility sector have the necessary skills and expertise to carry out their work safely and effectively. RSS Infrastructure has demonstrated its commitment to excellence, sustainability, and environmental responsibility by achieving Utility Approved Contractor status.
RSS Infrastructure is proud to be part of the Arboriculture Association member community. For more information, please visit: www.trees.org.uk/