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

Massachusetts Horticultural Society / Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
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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. Staying on top of the latest tools and techniques is key to staying safe in tree care.

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 come for the afternoon! 
See below for session descriptions.

MAA is grateful for the generous support from our sponsors*:







*Partial list. Contact MAA for sponsorship opportunities.

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


12:00 n  Registration opens

Food Truck available all afternoon, or bring your own lunch

12:00 n. – 5:00 p.m.  Sponsor Displays and Safety Demos

EDUCATION SESSIONS:                                                                                                        

1:00 p.m.  Climbing Gear Safety Checks

It’s true: conducting a daily safety inspection of your climbing equipment takes a few extra minutes – it’s also true that your life depends on your safety gear. It must be free from wear, tear, and damage that could lead to catastrophic equipment failure. Learn how to execute a thorough gear check, identify internal damage that is not visible to the naked eye, and create daily systems that build team trust and integrity around climbing gear safety.

Melissa LeVangie, CTSP, 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)

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 Member                                    $49.00

Guests                                               $69.00

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.

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