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.

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)
Recordkeeping and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness (29 CFR 1904)
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1904 Subpart E

1904.39, Reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye as a result of work-related incidents to OSHA.

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General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
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1910 Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces

1910.21, Scope and definitions.

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1910.22, General requirements.

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1910.23, Ladders.

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1910.25, Stairways.

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1910.26, Dockboards.

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1910.29, Fall protection systems and falling object protection-criteria and practices.

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1910.30, Training requirements.

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1910 Subpart F - Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms

1910.67, Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms.

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1910 Subpart H - Hazardous Materials

1910.106, Flammable liquids.

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1910 Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment

1910.134, Respiratory protection.

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1910.136, Foot protection.

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1910.138, Hand Protection.

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1910 Subpart K - Medical and First Aid

1910.151, Medical services and first aid.

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1910 Subpart R - Special Industries

1910.268, Telecommunications.

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1910 Subpart S - Electrical

1910.332, Training.

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1910.334, Use of equipment.

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1910 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.

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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.

Additional Federal Register notices

Note: 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 in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

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