MAA Safety Saves and Demo Day

October 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Massachusetts Horticultural Society / Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Venue website


Staying on top of the latest tools and techniques is key to staying safe in tree care.

Tree care professionals are highly skilled and adept at performing in situations that are intense and physically demanding. They do their jobs in a wide variety of locations, often under challenging conditions, using potentially dangerous equipment. Fortunately, tree work is an ever-evolving profession with new techniques, best practices, modern equipment and innovative technology constantly being introduced to help enhance performance, improve production, and reduce the risk of work-related injury. 

The MAA’s new Safety Saves & Demo Day provides learning opportunities, vendor displays and demonstrations to help keep you and your crew safer and healthier while optimizing productivity.

... Learn effective techniques & best practices to help you work safer every day
... Meet with leading suppliers to check out the latest and safest equipment, gear, & technology
... Earn valuable CEU & safety credits
... Network, make new connections, and get business done!

Come for one session, or stay for the entire afternoon! 
See below for session descriptions.

MAA is grateful for the generous support from our sponsors. * 
You can check out their equipment and products at the event!


*Partial list. Interested in participating as a sponsor in this event?  CLICK HERE!

CEU Credit Information

This program is approved by MCA, MCLP, ISA, CTSP, MTWFA.
The 2:00 p.m. session is approved by MDAR for 1 contact hour.

MCA and MCLP Credit: 2.0 Safety or Education Credits
* interchangeable depending on your credit needs.


12:00 n  Registration opens

Trolley Dog’s specialty hot dog food truck will be onsite all afternoon at MassHort! Or bring your own lunch and enjoy some time under the beautiful maple trees at Elm Bank.

12:00 n. – 5:00 p.m.  Sponsor Displays and Safety Demos - all afternoon!

EDUCATION SESSIONS - choose whatever sessions interest you!                                                                                         

1:00 p.m.  Conducting Climbing Gear Inspections: Beyond the Basics

When conducting a climbing equipment inspection have you ever asked yourself “What am I looking at?”  “What am I looking for?” or “Why does it matter?” We all do ‘quick’ inspections of our own climbing equipment every day because it’s considered a shall in the Z133 ANSI Standards. Yet how many climbers conduct a thorough gear inspection with fellow climbers? Learn what is excessive wear and tear, and what is beyond your gear’s threshold that could lead to equipment failure. Understand what signs you should look for and create systems, as a company, to build trust and integrity in your equipment inventory.

Melissa LeVangie, CTSP, MCA - Lead Presenter
Mark Curtin
George Mellick, MCA
Eric Whipple, CA/CTSP
Shelter Tree/Tree Care Products

(Note: Arborists are encouraged to bring their own climbing gear to the event. Trained representatives from Shelter Tree will inspect your equipment and recommend any necessary changes or upgrades to help ensure your safety on the job).

2:00 p.m. Safe Handling & Use of Pesticides (Pesticide CEU credit available - Categories: "ANY", Core)

Transporting, handling, and applying pesticides is a challenging job — a job that tree care professionals face on a regular basis. What safety measures should be taken before and after each pesticide application? How do you safely deal with a pesticide spill? What is the safest way to store pesticides? We’ll address these important questions and review best management practices that all tree care companies, and their pesticide applicators, are required to incorporate into every application site.

Taryn LaScola-Miner
Director, Crop and Pest Services Division
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

3:00 p.m. The Importance of Daily Job Briefing

In the past, daily job briefings may have been viewed as an afterthought, an annoyance, or a box you checked on the work order. Those few minutes you spend on a thorough job briefing could very well be the most important minutes of your day. We will explore the how, when, where and why of job briefings and the critically important role they play in keeping everyone safer on the job site.

Peter Gerstenberger
Senior Advisor for Safety, Compliance & Standards
Tree Care Industry Association

Registration Fees

MAA Members                                   $49.00

Guests                                               $69.00

This seminar takes the place of the MAA’s October 30 Safety Saves & Dinner Meeting. It will be held rain or shine.






$49.00 Safety Saves & Demo Day - Member Rate

$69.00 Safety Saves & Demo Day - Non-Member Rate