Good Things Are Coming in 2021

Jessica Cofer Blog

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 have sold out! Not to worry, though; there are additional dates available through the year. Check out our calendar to see which dates work best for you.

One of NATS’ most popular courses is chainsaw safety and cutting techniques, and we are excited to announce that we’re taking the course online.  The course will look a bit different but participants will learn about proper risk assessment, PPE use, chainsaw safety features, maintenance, use, and handling. Participants will also learn how to gather and use the necessary data to develop a safe tree felling plan, which will allow you to fell a tree with both accuracy and precision through the use of our six-step tree felling method. Additional information will be available in February 2021.

In March we are resuming our Tech Talks. These two-hour webinars are intended to connect you, the end user, with both NATS and our Safety Alliance Partners, such as manufacturers, to discuss best practices and ask any questions you may have. The webinars are free to attend, and a terrific opportunity to exchange tips and tricks with colleagues.

Last year we introduced our Qualified Line Clearance Arborists (QLCA) course, and we are pleased announce that the first course will be held in April (registration information coming soon). Core competencies covered in the QLCA course include: 

  • team work and communication skills;
  • job briefings, worker safety and worksite set-up; personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Electrical Hazard Awareness Training (EHAT);
  • emergency preparedness and readiness;
  • traffic controls;
  • fire protection;
  • vehicle and towed equipment driving safety;
  • brush chipper operation and safety;
  • chainsaw safety and technical tree cutting and felling;
  • technical tree climbing, arborist rigging for utility operations;
  • and aerial lift safety operation and fall protection.

We were so pleased to announce our new Women In Trees program at the end of 2019, only to have COVID delay its launch. Now, we’re going full steam ahead. Our first Women In Trees course, Chainsaw Safety and Cutting Techniques, will be taught virtually in April (registration coming soon). The topics covered in this women-specific course are risk management; emergency planning; PPE; chainsaw safety – starting and operations; technical cutting and small tree felling; liming and bucking; and chainsaw maintenance.

Connecting to the broader industry, we’re honored to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the ANSI Z133 Training Task Group.  New to Z133, the purpose of the training task group is to provide strategic guidance to the ANSI Z133 committee and to ANSI Z133 leadership on ways to improve ANSI Z133 sections and language on the topic of training specific to the profession of Arboriculture.

More initiatives in the works here at NATS, and we can’t wait to share them with you as they finalize. In the meantime, keep up with us here on the blog, and be sure to check out Take 5 when it hits your inbox monthly. Give us a follow on social media, too: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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