Tree Care Standards Under Public Review

12/21/2012

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has placed a call for public review of a revision draft for the current ANSI A300 (Part 8), the standard for root management. This is the third, and intended final public review draft, for Part 8. The standard will be open for comments through February 4, 2013.

The A300 Part 8 standard addresses the following items:
Root management flow chart
Root management objectives
Trunk, flare, and root inspection
Root collar examination
Root management practices
Selective root pruning
Selective root pruning - girdling roots
Non-selective root cutting
Managing the direction of root growth
Alternatives to root pruning and cutting
Managing trees to mitigate root damage or loss
Managing roots in fill
Sample specifications for RCX (root collar examination)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has also placed a call for public review of a revision draft for the current ANSI A300 (Part 4)-2008, the standard for lighting protection systems in trees. This is the first public review draft for this revision and will be open for comments through February 4, 2013. Upon approval, the revised standard will be titled A300 Part 4-(201x) Lightning Protection Systems.

The A300 Part 4 standard addresses the following items:
Lightning protection objectives for trees
Tree and site inspection
Materials
Installation practices
Above-ground system
Below-ground system
Single ground rod system
Multiple grounding system
Horizontal grounding system
Maintenance
Grounding system selection based on site considerations
Lightning protection systems flowchart
Sample specifications
ANSI A300 standards are considered the final authority in civil courts and by most dispute arbitration systems.

For more information about these standards and details on how they can be ordered through TCIA, contact Bob Rouse, Vice President of Industry Standards & Credentialing, at 800-733-2622 or rrouse@tcia.org.