The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) introduced its new Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program for commercial right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management/utility line clearance contractors.
The TCIA Accreditation program is a comprehensive credential awarded to a company, rather than an individual within a company. Divisions or regions within a company may also earn the credential, which is based on a high standard of best-business, tree-management, and safety practices. This is verified by way of on-site inspections performed by qualified, independent industry contractors, trained and approved by TCIA.
The Utility Contractor Accreditation Program, like the established Residential/Commercial TCIA Accreditation program, is designed to help ROW and utility companies improve themselves and become model tree service companies. It also gives those companies that are already doing everything right a third-party credential to prove it.
TCIA Accreditation gives utilities and other ROW managers, as well as their investors and oversight agencies, the comfort and assurance of knowing that their sub-contractors meet a high level of professionalism in safety, technical services, regulatory compliance and general business practices. Although all risk cannot be eliminated, the TCIA Accreditation program will mitigate the most common risks that lead to losses in our respective industries. The end result for the utility? Contracts that are more efficient and easier to manage.
The Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program was established to test the validity of the Utility Contractor Accreditation checklist and standard. The standard will then be finalized by the Utility Contractor Accreditation Council, the body that oversees the program.
The Utility Contractor Accreditation Standard and on-site assessment checklist include items that utility and other ROW purchasing agents routinely require in contracts, such as:
Governmental regulations (OSHA 1910.269; other applicable OSHA standards, FMCSR, FIFRA, etc.);
Industry standards for performance and safety (ANSI A300 and ANSI Z133);
Internal human resource policies and procedures;
Internal safety training and qualification program;
ISA Certified Arborist – Utility Specialist and Certified Treecare Safety Professionals on staff; and,
Internal Injury and Illness Prevention Program (safety program)
Once the Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program is finished, pilot program companies that successfully completed the process may be accredited.
Contact Charlie Tentas at 800-733-2622 to learn more about the Utility Contractor Accreditation pilot program.