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Managers and practitioners should be aware of all relevant standards and BMPs related to utility arboriculture and utility vegetation management. The UAA encourages employers to make these BMPs available to all field personnel.

Tree Worker Safety ANSI Z133The 2017 Z133 Safety Standard was developed for the arboriculture industry under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute. The 2017 revision provides the most current criteria in the United States for arborists and other workers engaged in arboricultural operations:

  • General safety
  • Electrical hazard
  • Use of vehicles and mobile equipment
  • Portable power hand tools
  • Hand tools and ladders
  • Climbing
  • Work procedures

This publication provides an essential guide for federal, state, and municipal authorities in drafting regulations.

Pruning of Trees

Integrated Vegetation Management

Tree Risk Assessment

Herbicide Use


Industry leaders gather each year at the System Utility Vegetation Management Summit and discuss best practices. The following white papers provide insight into various issues and current thinking about state-of-the-art utility vegetation management. Please note that these papers have not undergone the type of rigorous review that would qualify them as “Best Management Practices” but reflect the discussion among these industry leaders.

Presentations made at the 2015 Utility Vegetation Managers Summit


Public information brochures, developed by the UAA to help the utility arborist educate   consumers, are now available. The new versions have been reviewed and redesigned by the UAA Education Committee.

The brochures are

  • Technically accurate
  • Developed by working utility arborists
  • Reviewed by utility customers
  • Easy to understand

Safety Requirements for the Tree Care Profession
This brochure contains life-saving information for property owners and for tree care workers who perform work near electrical facilities. The brochure pdf can be customized in Adobe Acrobat with your business contact information.

Download the brochure: Safety Requirements for the Tree Care Profession


Utility Pruning of Trees
The UAA has listened to our members and we have developed a brochure that can be used by the utility to show customers the appropriate and accepted pruning methods for line clearance.

View the brochure: Utility Pruning of Trees

To check prices and place your order for printed copies, contact UAA:

(651) 464-0380
2009 W Broadway Ave.
Suite 400 / PMB 315
Forest Lake MN 55025


The Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide  by Randall H. Miller and Geoffrey Kempter

This greatly expanded edition of the study guide for ISA’s Certified Arborist Utility Specialist certification exam preparation is an essential text for professionals in the field of utility arboriculture.

The Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide is based on scientific research and proven best practices. This book provides utility arborists and foresters with the information necessary to navigate the complexities of today’s vegetation management industry.

It covers the latest methods and techniques in the areas of safety, program and personnel management, utility pruning, integrated vegetation management, electrical knowledge, storm preparation and response, and communications.

(©2018, softcover, 276 pp., full-color illustrations and photos, glossary, index)

  • Item #:P1560
  • Member Price:$89.95(US Dollars)
  • Non-member Price:$114.95(US Dollars)


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