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    • Tuesday, January 30, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • ZOOM Webinar
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    ONGOING PRESENTATION FOR 2024
    These new and updated webinars provide Electrical Hazard Awareness education in three 1-hour sessions. 

    All arborists must be trained to recognize and avoid electrical hazards. This on-demand webinar covers a wide range of safety-related topics essential for arborists working near energized overhead power lines, presented by the tree care industry’s leading safety expert – Dr. John Ball.

    Critical topics addressed in this webinar include:

    How electricity works

    Basic terminology

    Current standards & regulations

    Electrical hardware identification

    Hazard assessment

    Estimating nominal voltage 

    Line clearance pruning practices to reduce exposure

    Recent incidents involving tree workers & electrical conductors

    Emergency response to electrical contact incidents involving workers who are aloft

    Completion of the course satisfies one major OSHA requirement for arborists working 10 feet or closer to energized conductors.  Additional employer-verified proof of aerial rescue training and CPR/First Aid are required to fully meet OSHA’s electrical hazards awareness certification standards.

    MAA will issue a Certificate of Attendance to participants who watch the full 3-hour course and complete the follow up quiz.  Your certificate of attendance will come from the MAA office.

    CEUS:  MCA Safety Credit (2)

    GROUP VIEWING & ADMINISTRATION:  If you would like to complete the series with your team, please contact MAA for further instructions.  Discounted rates are available. Please contact the MAA for a special rate for large groups of 10 or more.

    Speaker:


    John Ball, Ph.D.

    John Ball is currently a Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and serves as a campus arborist for the University and as the Forest Health Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. He received the Malo Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 for his dedication to student learning. One of his primary research interests is tree worker safety. Dr. Ball obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University.  Dr.  Ball is also on the Safety Committee for the Tree Care Industry Association. 

    • Tuesday, March 19, 2024
    • 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The German Club, Route 109, Walpole MA
    • 85
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    NOTE EARLIER START TIME!
    Doors will open at 3:30 PM and presentation will begin at 4:00 PM

    Mental health issues and substance abuse disorders affect everyone in our community, including our employees. Our speaker, Lori McCarthy, will lead an important conversation on how mental health and substance abuse impact the workforce. Learn how you, as a tree and landscape company leader, can identify unhealthy behaviors, support your team, and keep the workplace safe and productive. Treatment, recovery, and prevention will be addressed, and well as company morale and other critical considerations. Bring your experiences, your questions, and be ready to expand your knowledge on this important issue.

    After the positive feedback we've received about networking that took place at Fall Field Day in September 2023, we're glad to offer a combined MAA and MALP membership meeting.  We hope you can join us for this important discussion and come away with new contacts, meaningful connections and valuable information.

    2 MCA & MCLP Safety Credits; ISA Credit

    Speaker:


    Lori McCarthy
    Executive Director & Partner
    Herren Wellness
    Seekonk, MA

    About our speaker: Lori McCarthy has 20 years of experience working with those facing the disease of addiction. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and a Certified Arise Family Interventionist (CAI). Prior to taking the helm at Herren Wellness, she was a member of the Senior Management team at Gosnold on Cape Cod, an addiction and mental healthcare organization. During her tenure she developed and implemented a recovery management program, which received the Tufts Health Plan Innovation Award in 2014.  Additionally, she put hospital emergency room opiate intervention services into action at South Shore Hospital. The program supported ER medical staff in response to the opioid crisis, through recovery coaching specialists, by initiating treatment referrals for substance use disorder patients.

    THANK YOU TO OUR MEETING SPONSORS:

                    

    • Thursday, April 04, 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, April 05, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 67 West Street, Medfield MA 02052
    • 17
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    Thank you for your interest in the next MCA Exam.

    This exam will be held in four separate sessions.  Candidates should choose ONE exam time at the sign up form.

    Thursday April 4:  8:30 AM - noon
    Thursday April 4: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Friday April 5:  8:30 AM - noon
    Friday April 5:  12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    The last day to cancel an exam registration and receive a refund will be Thursday March 21.  

    Cancellations received after March 21 are not guaranteed a refund. 

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Candidates should be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of field experience OR have earned a degree in arboriculture, horticulture or related area of study. 
    • Candidates should be employed, or intending to be employed, in arboriculture or an industry-related profession.
    • Candidates must be 18 years of age.
    REQUIRED MATERIALS:
    • MCA Online Study Guide (version 3.0). 
    • Supplemental resource materials (Best Management Practice Manuals) from which 50% of the exam is derived sold by TCIA or ISA.


    • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The German Club, Route 109, Walpole MA
    • 180


    VISTA Award Presentation and Educational Presentation!  Stay tuned for details.

    • Friday, April 26, 2024
    • Statewide

    In 2024, our focus is on individual projects in your communities.  Let us know where you'll be lending a hand for Arbor Day of Service - we can't wait to promote everyone's good work!

    More details and promotion coming soon!

    • Friday, April 26, 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • statewide
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    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH SPONSORSHIP

    Your sponsorship support of $500 helps support all aspects of MAA programming and shows your strong support of the industry and commitment to giving back.

    Sponsors will be recognized in all aspects of marketing and promotion for the event - on our signage, social media posts and web pages.   

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

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