Arboriculture

Arboriculture

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is arboriculture?

Arboriculture is defined as the cultivation of trees, shrubs and other woody plants. Arboriculture includes, but is not limited, propagating, transplanting, pruning, application of fertilizer and disease controlling chemicals, and removing trees. Arboriculture (NAICS 561730) is classified as general industry.

What are the hazards associated with arboriculture?

Some of the more serious hazards associated with arboriculture include injuries due to falling, electrocution due to contact with power distribution lines, and serious injuries or deaths due to being crushed by falling trees.

Is there a special emphasis program associated with this topic?

Occupational exposure to hazards encountered in arboriculture falls within the OSH Division logging and arboriculture special emphasis program.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Be sure that there is proper clearance from nearby power lines before initiating cuts on trees. Your employer is required to provide employees with all necessary personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, hardhats, gloves, chaps, hearing protection and fall protection equipment, prior to beginning work.

What resources are available to assist employers?

An arboriculture tree trimming policy, chain saw policy, a PPE hazard assessment and a first aid, CPR and AED policy are available and can be customized to fit the specific hazards and conditions in the work settings in which employees will work.

In addition, customizable programs including those for hearing conservation, bloodborne pathogens, hazard communicationelectrical safety, and respiratory protection can be modified to meet the employer's needs where applicable.

Presentations on hazard communication , walking and working surfacces, electrical safety, struck by/caught between and personal protective equipment can be used to assist employers with training requirements.

Additional resource information can be found on the A-Z topics pages for hazard communication, noise, bloodborne pathogens, PPE, chain saw safety, electrical safety, walking and working surfaces, logging, aerial lifts and respiratory protection.

Lastly, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards that are or may be applicable to arboriculture in North Carolina:

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.