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CONN-OSHA Participating in Tree Care Industry Association Trade Show and Conference
Event provides opportunity to promote workplace safety

For immediate release
November 6, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will participate in the Tree Care Industry, Inc.’s 2007 TCIAEXPO Trade Show and Conference taking place Nov. 8-10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

CONN-OSHA employees will sponsor an exhibit booth and meet with employers and employees involved in the tree care industry during the three-day event, according to Richard Palo, Director of the CONN-OSHA unit. In addition, they will be on hand throughout the trade show and conference to answer questions they have regarding CONN-OSHA’s compliance assistance materials and cooperative programs.

More than 180 exhibitors plan to take part in the event, while approximately 3,200 tree care professionals are expected to attend.

According to Palo, CONN-OSHA employees have a long-standing relationship with the Connecticut Tree Protective Association – the state’s branch of the national Tree Care Industry Association. The group accredits tree care companies, develops safety and education programs, establishes standards of tree care practice, and provides management information for arboriculture firms around the world.

A non-profit association made up of approximately 500 arborists and tree care professionals dedicated to promoting the protection and care of trees, the Tree Care Industry, Inc. was originally established in 1938 as the National Arborist Association. The present organization, which develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms, is comprised of more than 2,000 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies.

“Our participation in this event provides CONN-OSHA with an excellent opportunity to reach out to employers and employees throughout our state,” Palo explains. “Our involvement in conferences and trade shows allows us to meet with people in a one-on-one setting in an effort to get across this agency’s message about the importance of safety and health in the workplace.”

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535           

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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