Women’s Chainsaw Course Coming in June

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After a pause on in-person courses in 2020, we are pleased to announce that our first Women’s Chainsaw Course will be offered June 25-26 in Olympia, Washington. Registration is now open! NATS Lead Instructor Emily Roberts will teach the course, which will be open to 12 students to adhere to Washington State’s COVID-19 protocols. We recently spoke with Emily to …

OSHA Tree Care Operations Regulation – What You Need to Know

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In 2006, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a trade association comprised of 2,300 tree care firms and affiliated companies, petitioned OSHA to promulgate a standard/ regulation specific to tree care operations. OSHA’s rulemaking process consists of seven comprehensive steps and extensive research/ impact studies prior to a regulation being imposed on an industry. There were significant events which occurred …

Safety Is the Name of Tyler Zuniga’s Game

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Rather than hats, Tyler Zuniga wears many (PPE) vests in his roles with NATS as a Lead Safety Professional and Lead Instructor. That wearing of different vests is a part of his job with NATS that he really enjoys. “Today I could be watching people climb; tomorrow I may be overseeing someone operating a bucket truck with insulated tools,” Tyler …

Good Things Are Coming in 2021

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Not ones to rest on our laurels, we are excited to share with you what’s on the horizon as we move further into 2021. NATS is starting the year off strong! We’ve had terrific response to our February and March OSHA 30-Hour General Industry for Arborists and Utility Forestry Professional, and Consulting Utility Forester Safety Professional (CUFSP) courses – all …

A Look Back at 2020 as We Look Forward to 2021

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Well, what can we say about last year, other than no one could have predicted what was ahead of us as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2020. The year brought challenges unlike those we’ve ever seen – both professionally and personally – and the NATS team took those challenges on head first, and our team members, partners, and …