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State Standards

There are twenty-eight 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.

This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules, proposed rules, and notices), directives (instructions to OSHA staff), letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards 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

Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)

  • 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)

Federal Register Notices


Letters of Interpretation

National Consensus

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
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