- Safety and Health Topics
- Tree Care Industry
Tree Care Industry
Tree care hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for recordkeeping and general industry. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to the tree care industry.
Frequently Cited Standards
The tree care industry must comply with all the general industry standards (29 CFR 1910). OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA’s Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Landscaping Services, use NAICS code 561730 in the NAICS search box.
Other Highlighted Standards
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
|29 CFR Part 1904 – Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness||1904.39, Reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye as a result of work-related incidents to OSHA.|
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
|Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces||1910.21, Definitions|
|1910.22, General requirements|
|1910.25, Portable wood ladders|
|1910.26, Portable metal ladders
|1910.29, Manually propelled mobile ladder stands and scaffolds (towers)|
|1910.30, Other working surfaces|
|Subpart H – Hazardous Materials||1910.106, Flammable liquids|
|Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment||1910.134, Respiratory protection|
|1910.136, Foot protection|
|1910.138, Hand protection|
|Subpart K – Medical and First Aid||1910.151, Medical services and first aid|
|Subpart R – Special Industries||1910.268, Telecommunications (e.g., when trimming near communication lines)|
|Subpart S – Electrical||1910.332, Training|
|1910.334, Use of equipment|
|Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances||1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens. See also Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. Provides answers to the most commonly asked questions related to the BBP standard.|
Additional Federal Register notices
Note: The "Federal Register notice" bullets above link to Federal Register notices related to each OSHA standard. The notices in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Logging Operations. Final Rules 60:47022-47037, (September 8, 1995).
- Logging Operations. Final Rules 59:51672-51748, (October 12, 1994).
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Final Rule; Stay of Enforcement and Correction. Final Rules 59:33658-33664, (June 30, 1994). Corrected the enforcement (until November 1994) of some of the requirements contained in the electric power generation standard, language in the preamble explaining the standard, and several additional errors.
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment. Final Rules 59:4320-4476, (January 31, 1994). OSHA issued a standard that addresses the work practices to be used during the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution facilities. The standard includes requirements relating to working near energized parts, and line-clearance tree trimming.
Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Enforcement of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard. CPL 02-01-038 [CPL 2-1.38], (June 18, 2003). Provides information to assist OSHA compliance personnel in performing inspections at electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment and other installations covered by 29 CFR 1910.269.
- Logging Operations, Inspection Procedures and Interpretive Guidance Including Twelve Previously Stayed Provisions. CPL 02-01-022 [CPL 2-1.22], (September 27, 1996). Establishes revised policies and provides clarification to ensure uniform enforcement of the Logging Operations Standard (29 CFR 1910.266). These policies and procedures have been amended in part to clarify enforcement of the previously stayed provisions of the standard. Current policy requires arborists to comply with portions of OSHA's logging standard (29 CFR 1910.266) when performing logging operations, such as felling trees. Proposed citations of employers in SIC 0783 under the logging standard are reviewed by OSHA’s National Office.
- Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Final Rule. CSP 01-01-028 [STP 2-1.172], (April 15, 1994). Describes a federal program change to the regions and state designees.
- Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices -- Inspection Procedures and Interpretation Guidelines. STD 01-16-007 [STD 1-16.7], (July 1, 1991). Establishes policies and provides interpretive guidelines to ensure uniform enforcement of the standard for Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, 29 CFR 1910.331 through 1910.335.
Additional Letters of Interpretation
Note: The “Letters of interpretation” bullets above link to letters related to each OSHA standard. The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Protection of ground-level workers from lowering of aerial lift bucket. (September 23, 1999).
- Clarification of 1910.269 as applied to line-clearance tree-trimming operations. (April 26, 1999).
- Acceptability of western style hard hats. (December 31, 1998).
- Apparel requirements for line-clearance tree-trimmers. (October 29, 1998).
- Fall protection anchorage points: guardrail systems and cranes. (June 8, 1998).
- Interpretation of the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard. (June 4, 1996).
- Scope of logging standard -- 1910.266. (March 12, 1996).
- OSHA's new fall protection standards for construction will prohibit use of safety belts with side dee rings as part of a personal fall arrest system. (September 25, 1995).
- Clarification of electric power generators, transmission and distribution standard. (July 18, 1994).
There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
National Consensus Standards
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The following voluntary ANSI standards may be applicable to the tree care industry. Compliance with ANSI standards does not ensure compliance with OSHA policy, although the requirements of some ANSI standards have been adopted within OSHA standards. This list is provided for reference use only.
- A300, Tree Care Operations - Tree, Shrub and Other Woody Plant Maintenance - Standard Practices
- Z133.1, Arboricultural Operations Safety
- B175.1, Safety Requirements for Gasoline Powered Chain Saws
- A10.14, Requirements for Safety Belts, Harnesses, Lanyards, Lifelines, and Drop Lines for Constructional and Industrial Use
- A14.1, Ladders - Portable Wood - Safety Requirements
- A14.2, Ladders - Portable Metal - Safety Requirements
- A14.5, Stepladders and Platform Ladders, Aluminum Magnesium, Fiberglass Ladders
- A92.2, Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices
- Z41, Protective Footgear Requirements
- Z87.1, Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices
- Z89.1, Personnel Protection - Protective Headgear for Industrial Workers - Requirements
- Z308.1, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits
- Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems, and Components
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- B30.5, Mobile and Locomotive Truck Cranes