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Sept. 23, 2008
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OSHA publishes an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Tree Care Operations

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) addressing tree care operations, including hazards, fatalities and control measures. OSHA is requesting data, information and comments on effective measures to control hazards in tree care operations and prevent injuries and fatalities.

"This rulemaking will assist us in determining effective measures to control hazards and prevent employee injuries and fatalities," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Input from the public is important as we proceed in our efforts to protect the safety and health of the men and women working in tree care operations."

The ANPR includes several questions for public comment related to current employer practices, along with tasks, tools, equipment, machines, vehicles, processes, controls and procedures involved in tree care operations. Additionally, OSHA requests comment on regulatory alternatives to reduce injuries and fatalities, as well as what requirements a standard addressing hazards in this industry should include and the potential costs and benefits of such a standard.

Comments must be submitted by Dec. 17, 2008. To submit electronically, visit http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking P