The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts Safety Policy
Definition — A Safety Policy is a written statement by an employer stating the company's commitment for the protection of the health and safety of employees and to the public. It is an endorsed commitment by management to its employees regarding their health and safety.
According to 7:3A-2.13, of the adopted rules of the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licensing Act (P.L. 2009, c231) a registered business shall develop, establish, and/or adopt from other industry sources a written comprehensive safety policy within 90 days of initially registering with the Board. The policy shall be given to each new employee and be available to every employee of the registered business, and the registered business must comply with the policy. Guidelines for developing a comprehensive safety policy are available from the Board and are posted on the Board's website at www.njtreeexperts.org. and found below.
Board of Tree Experts' Actions Related to a Business's Safety Policy
Further, the Board may (will) request from a business a copy of its comprehensive safety policy for review. The registration of a business that fails to develop and establish a written comprehensive safety policy within the first three months of registering the business with the Board may be suspended until such time as the business establishes its comprehensive safety policy.
The Board may also invalidate a business's comprehensive safety policy if it determines that it fails, in its scope or any of its standards, to meet the industry standards for arboriculture and safety set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:3A-8.1. The business shall have three months (90 days) to revise a comprehensive safety policy invalidated by the Board. Following invalidation of a business's comprehensive safety policy under the above, the business's registration may be suspended if it fails to establish a revised comprehensive safety policy within three months (90 days) or if the Board invalidates the revised policy because it fails, in its scope or any of its standards, to meet the industry standards for arboriculture and safety set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:3A-8.1. In such case, the business's registration shall continue to be suspended until the business again revises the policy, submits the revised policy to the Board for review, and the Board finds that the revised policy meets in full the industry standards for arboriculture and safety set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:3A-8.1.