Since the late 1990s, TCIA has called on OSHA to issue a workplace safety standard for the industry. The association formally petitioned the agency for a rulemaking in 2006 and, since then, has advocated for the agency to move forward with the rulemaking process.
Fortunately, OSHA’s job could not be easier. Stakeholders from all corners of the industry – employers, employees, organized labor, equipment manufacturers, academia, and others – came together to develop the ideal safety standard for tree care operations – the ANSI Z133 standard. Developed through a consensus process by an accredited standards committee representing the entire industry, the ANSI Z133 standard captures the collective wisdom and experience of the entire profession.
OSHA should use the ANSI Z133 standard as a template for an industry-specific workplace safety standard. TCIA urges OSHA to finish this decades-long process and provide an appropriate safety standard that will fully protect our workers from the risks inherent to the industry.