1. Arboriculture and Horticulture Project Administration and Management
The administrative and management work of arboriculture and horticulture projects mainly involves contract management, project management, financial management, human resource management and operation management, aiming to assist the organisation to handle administrative matters related to works projects, complete the contract requirements properly, commence projects smoothly and protect the interests of the organisation.
This functional area includes: "Contract Management", "Project Management", "Financial Management", "Human Resource Management", and "Operation Management".
2. Occupational Safety and Health for the Arboriculture and Horticulture Industry
The scope of work in the arboriculture and horticulture industry is wide, which includes a number of high-risk work processes, such as performing arboricultural and horticultural work at height, use of machinery and tools, and use of chemicals. Arboricultural and horticultural practitioners need to observe the occupational safety and health codes to effectively reduce the risks posed by arboricultural and horticultural work to themselves as well as people and property near the work area.
This functional area includes: "Implementation of Safe Work Procedures", and "Use of Chemicals"
Hong Kong is a small and densely populated city. It is important to grow the right plants at the right places. Plant selection needs to look into a range of factors, such as characteristics of plants, types of soil and conditions of planting sites. The processes from selection of good species, assessment of planting sites to the subsequent cultivation and propagation are all indispensable.
This functional area includes: "Plant Species Identification and Selection of Suitable Plants", "Cultivation and Propagation", and "Nursery Stock Management".
There is a wide range of work involved in the arboriculture and horticulture industry. Arboricultural work includes pruning, tree removal, cabling, guying, staking, planting trees and arranging tree safety structures to be undertaken at ground or elevated level. Horticultural work involves processes such as planting, tilling soil, watering, applying pesticides, pruning and clearing of withered plants. Effective management can ensure that trees and plants are taken care of properly to reduce the risks of tree collapses or plants being infected by pests or diseases.
This functional area includes: "Tree Planting", "Transplantation and Removal", "Tree Protection and Maintenance", "Soil Management", "Arboricultural and Horticultural Work at Height", and "Plant Cultivation and Care".
It is common for plants to be attacked by biotic or abiotic factors during their growth. If early precautions are not taken, and without regular monitoring and care, the growth of plants will be severely hindered and the entire plants may die, posing immediate or potential danger to human life and property. With accurate diagnosis and treatment, the risks of spread of pests and diseases will be greatly reduced.
This functional area includes: "Diagnosis of Plant Problems", and "Control of Pests and Diseases".
Tree risk assessment has aroused wide concern in recent years. Examining tree structures, carefully assessing risk levels and taking appropriate follow-up measures can help prevent accidents caused by trees. In addition, data collected through plant and tree surveys are useful for making appropriate recommendations for environmental planning and conservation.
This functional area includes: "Plant Surveys", "Tree Surveys and Impact Assessment", and "Tree Inspection and Risk Assessment".
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