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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Tree Care Industry Association (formerly the National Arborist Association)
July 1, 2004
I. Alliance Background
February 11, 2003
The TCIA Alliance addresses hazards facing the tree care industry, focusing primarily on the
prevention of falls and struck-by incidents, as well as electrical hazards during tree-removal. The
Alliance's goals include:
Implementation Team Members
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
|Office of Training and Education
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Directorate of Enforcement Programs
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Office of Training and Education
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (until November 2003)
||Contractor for OSHA, SLTC
February 11, 2003 - February 10, 2004
II. Implementation Team Meetings
|March 17, 2003
October 10, 2003
October 27, 2003
January 28, 2004
- Events and Products
Training and Education Goals
- Expanding a pilot training seminar developed by OSHA's Region I Office on compliance with OSHA
standards, by delivering it to membership meetings across the country.
OSHA Region I and the Massachusetts Arborists Association
Prior to the Alliance's signing, TCIA participated in a cooperative effort between OSHA Region I and
the Massachusetts Arborists Association to help local companies implement safety programs. How to
leverage the information developed and the lessons learned from this effort has been an ongoing
discussion of the OSHA and TCIA Alliance implementation team.
- Developing and delivering training in the tree care industry on topics such as struck-by
prevention, fall prevention, tree removal and electrical hazard awareness, including the guidance of
the ASC Z-133 2000 standard.
Tree Care Industry Safety and Health Management Course
TCIA is working with OSHA's Office of Training and Education (OTE) to develop a Tree Industry Safety
and Health Management Training Course. This course will be presented in conjunction with
TCIA-related conferences and meetings. The implementation team would also like to present this
course at OSHA's Training Institute and Ed Centers. The course discusses the importance and value of
developing and implementing a company safety and health program and reviews the components of a
successful safety and health program.
OSHA and Z-133 Comparison
TCIA's David Marren and David Wallis of OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance produced a
side-by-side analysis of ACS Z -133's deviation from federal OSHA standards for the ASC Z-133
Committee. This comparison was submitted to the Z-133 Committee for review so that clarifications
can be developed to help eliminate the discrepancies, where possible, between the industry consensus
and OSHA standards.
- Developing or delivering presentations on relevant safety and health topics for TCIA conferences.
November 13-15, 2003: 14th Annual TCI EXPO 2003, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland
OSHA exhibited during the EXPO and distributed copies of OSHA's CD for General Industry and
publications that address hazards in the workplace to more than 100 people. In addition, OSHA staff
previewed the draft Safety and Health Topics page for the conference's attendees.
Outreach and Communication Goals
- Disseminating information about the variety of safety resources available to the tree care
industry from OSHA (such as OSHA's Consultation program and Compliance Assistance Specialists) and
TCIA, including mentoring among TCIA members.
OSHA and TCIA Alliance Website
OSHA developed an OSHA and TCIA Alliance Website on the Agency's Webpage that includes the OSHA and
TCIA Alliance agreement, news releases, and milestones and successes. This Website is kept
up-to-date on a regular basis.
TCIA Website (www.tcia.org)
In June 2003, TCIA published on article in the Laws and Standards Update section on its Webpage
entitled "What the TCIA/OSHA Alliance Means to the Tree Care Industry." In November 2003 the
association also it published "TCIA Alliance with OSHA Paying Dividends" in this section. These
articles were first printed in TCIA's official publication, Tree Care Industry.
Publications and Newsletters
Information and news releases on the OSHA and TCIA Alliance signing and the activities of the
Alliance have appeared in a number of publications produced by OSHA and TCIA. Please see the chart
in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.
- Fostering ongoing TCIA-OSHA dialogue on regulatory and compliance trends in the tree care
industry, including joint annual review of frequently identified hazards, to assist in meeting the
goals of the Alliance.
OSHA Second Annual Compliance Assistance Conference, Tysons Corner Marriott, Vienna, Virginia June
TCIA exhibited during the conference and provided the OSHA attendees with information about the tree
care industry and the issues and hazards that the industry is addressing.
Tree Care Industry Safety and Health Topics Page
The Alliance has been involved in the development of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page for the
Tree Care Industry. The page identifies the issues and hazards that impact the industry, addresses
safety and health management programs and includes additional sources of information. OSHA's Salt
Lake Technical Center is currently reviewing and addressing the comments on the page that have been
received from. David Marren, chair of TCIA's Government Affairs Committee, and Peter Gerstenberger,
TCIA's vice president of business management, safety and education provided input and
recommendations during the page's development.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals
- In speeches and other public appearances, leaders in TCIA will attempt to raise others' awareness
of, and demonstrate their own commitment to, workplace safety and health.
OSHA and TCIA Alliance Program Talking Points
After the Alliance was signed, OSHA and TCIA developed a set of talking points for use by both
organizations. In addition, the Agency has developed an Alliance PowerPoint presentation that is
posted on OSHA's Alliance Program Webpage that can be used by the Program's participants.
- Executive Summary
Through the Alliance, OSHA and TCIA have built a more positive relationship and worked to raise
awareness of the compliance assistance resources and programs that are offered by both
organizations. OSHA and TCIA have demonstrated that they are committed to working together to
benefit the tree care industry's employees. In addition, the Alliance has helped to improve the
communications between TCIA and OSHA's regional offices.
TCIA provided OSHA with expertise to help in the development of the draft Tree Care Industry Safety
and Health Topics page. Through the Alliance, TCIA has worked very closely with OSHA's Office of
Training and Education to develop the Tree Care Industry Safety and Health Management Training
Course. The information that the TCIA implementation team members is providing to OSHA is helping to
increase the value of these tools as resources for safety and health professionals and the public.
In addition, TCIA has been vocal in its support of the Alliance and has published articles in its
magazine Tree Care Industry and the association's Website. OSHA has also been updating and adding
information to the OSHA and TCIA Website on OSHA's Webpage, including Milestones and Successes.
Speaking and exhibiting opportunities have proven to be valuable for both OSHA and TCIA. OSHA
participated in TCIA's 2003 EXPO in Baltimore, Maryland and was able to share safety and health
information with employees in the tree care industry. In addition, OSHA staff helped to educate and
inform the EXPO's attendees about the role of the Agency and its compliance assistance resources.
Through exhibiting at the 2003 Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference, TCIA was able to meet
OSHA representatives and talk about the hazards in the tree industry and the information that the
association has developed to help its members provide safe and healthy workplaces.
The OSHA and TCIA Alliance has helped to provide resources for OSHA's Regional staff. For example,
OSHA's compliance officers have called TCIA to discuss tree care industry operations and hazards and
how tree care equipment is used in the field. In addition, the Alliance has helped to introduce TCIA
to OSHA's National and Regional staff to discuss safety and health issues including cranes,
drug-free workplaces, storm situations and safety and health statistics. The Alliance also provided
the opportunity to OSHA and TCIA to work together to develop a side-by-side analysis of how ACS Z
-133 deviates from federal OSHA standards.
- Alliance Program Reach
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals Reached or
|OSHA and TCIA Alliance Website
|June 9-13, 2003, OSHA Second Annual Compliance
Assistance Conference, Tysons Corner Marriott, Vienna, Virginia, TCIA Exhibited
|February 27, 2003, "OSHA, National Arborist
Association Form Alliance Will Focus on Reducing Tree Service Hazards," OSHA News Release
||25 News Services
|March 1, 2003, "Alliances Formed with SWRI and
National Arborist Association" OSHA's QuickTakes
|March 3, 2003, "OSHA Forms Alliance With Tree Care
Industry Group," Inside Health Policy, www.InsideHealthPolicy.com
||Data Not Available
|March 6, 2003, "In Brief: Alliance Formed with Tree
Service Industry," Occupational Safety & Health Reporter
||Data Not Available
|June 2003, "What the TCIA/OSHA Alliance Means to the
Tree Care Industry," Tree Care Industry (TCIA's official publication)
||Data Not Available
|November 13-15, 2003, 14th Annual TCI EXPO 2003,
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, OSHA Exhibited
|November 2003, "TCIA Alliance with OSHA Paying
Dividends," Tree Care Industry (TCIA's official publication)
||Data Not Available
IV. Upcoming Milestones
OSHA and TCIA are committed to continuing to work together to develop safety and health training and
compliance assistance resources for the tree care industry. Both organizations are looking forward
to the posting of the Tree Care Industry Safety and Health Topics on OSHA's Website. Once the page
is posted, TCIA will also be a member of the editorial board.
The Alliance will continue its work on the Tree Industry Safety and Health Management Training
Course. The team expects that the course will be completed by September 2004 and has discussed
tentative plans to present it in the Northeast or Upper Midwest. The Alliance team has also
discussed presenting the course at OSHA's Training Institute. In addition to inviting industry
representatives to the course, the team will invite staff from the appropriate OSHA Region,
Consultation Programs and State Plan States.
OSHA and TCIA will also be participating in various conferences and meetings during 2004 including
TCIA's 2004 Fall and Spring Expos and OSHA's Compliance Assistance Training Sessions. Bill Willson,
from OSHA's Office of Outreach Services and Alliances will be sharing TCIA's exhibit booth during
the TCI EXPO '04 at the COBO Conference/Exhibition Center in Detroit, Michigan. On March 11, 2005,
Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, will make a
presentation on the Alliance Program and OSHA's compliance assistance efforts during TCIA's Spring
EXPO 2005 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. TCIA will be exhibiting
during OSHA's Compliance Assistance Training Sessions in June 2004.
On February 23, 2004, OSHA signed an Alliance with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET),
(formerly known as the Associated Landscape Contractors of America). The OSHA and TCIA
implementation team have discussed the possibility of holding team meetings with PLANET to work on
issues that impact the tree and landscaping industries. The Alliance implementation team will also
explore different ways that it can work with Regional Alliances, e.g. Region I's Alliance with the
Massachusetts Arborist Society, to leverage resources.
In addition, OSHA and TCIA plan to continue sharing information regarding safety and health issues
and regulations and encouraging OSHA's regional staff to contact TCIA's experts to answer questions
regarding tree care industry operations and equipment. Both organizations agree that a proactive,
collaborative relationship helps OSHA and TCIA share information and has a positive impact on the
safety and health of the tree care industry's employees.
Report prepared by: Lisa Ramber, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances,
July 1, 2004