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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.

OSHA Standards

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)
Related Information
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)
Related Information
Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces 1910.21, Definitions
1910.22, General requirements
1910.23, Ladders
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.

Additional Directives

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.

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.

State Standards

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
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