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Re: Planes, irritants and health and safety

Subject: Re: Planes, irritants and health and safety
From: Julian Dunster
Date: Jun 21 2001 20:05:55
The irritation is caused by the fine pubescence under the leaves, the
chemical composition the leaves, and possibly by powdery mildew o the
leaves. I did a lit serach on this some years ago and found the above the
issues to be a cause of some asthma issues, and many local tree workers
refuse to prune planes except after leaf fall.

Julian Dunster
Bowen Island, BC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Hastie" <>
To: "UK Tree Care" <>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 6:14 AM
Subject: Planes, irritants and health and safety

Can anyone point me in the direction of some published information on the
on the irritant properties of plane leaves, such as just what causes the
problem, how serious is it, what PPE is appropriate if they have to be
worked on whilst in leaf and if we have to fit our climbers out with
respirators how do we convince the public that the trees pose no danger to
them despite the fact that the climbers look like their kitted up to
survive biological warfare.

Chris Hastie

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