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February 27, 2003
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, National Arborist Association Form Alliance
Will Focus on Reducing Tree Service Hazards

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Arborist Association (NAA) have formed an Alliance to promote safer and more healthful working conditions for workers in the tree service industry, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced today.

"This Alliance is a great opportunity to increase outreach and education that will help strengthen worker safety in the tree care industry," said Henshaw. "We are pleased to join with NAA to enhance communication and develop training that will better protect workers in this industry."

Cynthia Mills, CAE, President of the National Arborist Association wholeheartedly endorsed this historic Alliance between OSHA and the tree care industry. "The Alliance will help to further our joint objective of improving safety in the tree care industry through enhanced communication about safety issues, development of safety programs, and an ongoing dialogue and commitment to work together. NAA is dedicated to working with OSHA and salutes their willingness to partner with industry."

OSHA and NAA will work together to develop and deliver training on topics such as struck-by prevention, fall prevention, awareness of electrical hazards during tree removal, and of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) tree care standard. The participants will jointly develop presentations for NAA conference