In 2003, to improve safety in the tree care industry throughout the United States, TCIA (then the National Arborist Association) and federal OSHA entered into an Alliance Agreement. Under this agreement, both parties sought to better communicate safety issues and freely exchange educational materials in an effort to assist TCIA members with safety.
This Alliance resulted from OSHA’s recognition of the TCIA as the voice of the tree care industry; THE legitimate trade organization committed to improving the quality of member companies.
The Alliance provided several benefits to the association and its members:
One of the first tangible benefits of the OSHA-TCIA collaboration was the “Tree Care Industry” Safety & Health Topics Page on the OSHA website.
The Alliance was renewed for another three years in 2006. It was after the Alliance renewal that OSHA sanctioned and TCIA staff developed a series of “Quick Cards” and “Fact Sheets” relevant to hazards in tree care.
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By 2009, there was a new Presidential Administration, OSHA’s priorities were being shifted, and it was mutually decided that the six-year OSHA-TCIA Alliance should not be renewed.