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(signed November 10, 2006; renewed February 6, 2009; concluded November 10, 2010)


The OSHA and TCIA Alliance focuses on providing TCIA's members and others in the tree care industry, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health issues related to tree removal and electrical, falls, and struck-by hazards. The Alliance's goals include:

Outreach and communication:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the TCIA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or TCIA's conferences, local meetings or other events such as TCI EXPO, Certified Treecare Safety Professional Workshops, Career Days, and the Winter Management Conference.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding TCIA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by TCIA and through OSHA- or TCIA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on treecare industry hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage TCIA's members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on tree care industry issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events (Archive)


  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Tree Care Industry Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  •  November 5-7, 2009: TCI EXPO 2009 Trade Show and Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
    • Sandra Khan, then-Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and Angela Dance, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Region III, Baltimore, Maryland Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The Tree Care Industry Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
  • November 13-15, 2008: TCI EXPO 2008 Trade Show and Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • November 14-15, 2008: Representatives from OSHA and the State of Wisconsin On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
  • October 20-26, 2008: 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. The Tree Care Industry Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • August 21, 2008: Certified Treecare Safety Professional Workshop, San Jose, California.
    • Peter Gerstenberger, Vice President, TCIA, presented an Alliance Update to 16 tree care professionals.
  • July 25, 2008: Certified Treecare Safety Professional Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri.
    • Peter Gerstenberger, Vice President, TCIA, presented an Alliance Update to 24 tree care professionals.
  • June 12, 2008: Certified Treecare Safety Professional Workshop, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
    • Peter Gerstenberger, Vice President, TCIA, presented an Alliance Update to 13 tree care professionals.
  • June 5, 2008: Certified Treecare Safety Professional Workshop, Charlotte, North Carolina.
    • Peter Gerstenberger, Vice President, TCIA, presented an Alliance Update to 8 tree care professionals.
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Tree Care Industry Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • November 8-10, 2007: TCI EXPO 2007 Trade Show and Conference, Hartford, Connecticut.
    • Thomas G. Hozebin, Occupational Safety and Health Manager, Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA); and John S. Able, Occupational Safety Training Specialist, CONN-OSHA; staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Fact Sheet: Personal Protective Equipment Requirements for Arboricultural Work. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a fact sheet detailing requirements under the OSHA General Industry standards and the American National Standard for Arboricultural Operations related to personal protective equipment. (2010, September)
  • Fact Sheet: Landing Zone/Drop Zone Precaution for Tree Trimming & Removal Operations. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a fact sheet outlining good work practices used during tree trimming and removal operations, including recognizing and addressing hazards. (2010, September)
  • Fact Sheet: Lyme Disease. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with Lyme disease, including its symptoms and treatment options and tick bite prevention and control. (2008, July)
  • Quick Card: Chipper Winches. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a quick card addressing the potential hazards, risks, and safe work practices related to operating chipper winches. (2008, June)
  • Quick Card: Hydraulic Dump Body Safety Tips. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a quick card addressing the potential hazards, risks, and safe work practices related to operating truck-mounted hydraulic dump bodies. (2008, July)
  • Quick Card: Lyme Disease. Through the OSHA and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Alliance, TCIA developed a quick card addressing preventing tick bites and identifying Lyme disease. (2008, July)

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