As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation progresses—certainly making for unsettling times—we learn more each day which allows us to establish a plan for moving forward. Note that we are open for business!
Like you, we’re following advice and guidelines from our partners at ISA, the CDC, and our multi-state government agencies surrounding precautionary measures. The health and well-being of our staff, members, and community comes first, we are working on the immediate calendar and are updating the events as plans are finalized.
In the meantime, as our industry gets back to work, you may find the information below helpful and relevant.
Current Event Status as of 11:10AM 5/14/2020
- What You Need to Know About Spending & Tracking Your PPP Loan webinar located on the SBAM website. There are slides and additional support documents.
- Covid-19 Safe Work Practices Article
- OSHA Classification - The nature of tree care and landscape work, which is performed outdoors, individually, or in small teams with little public contact poses a lower risk of spreading COVID-19. According to OSHA classifications, the landscape industry falls in the “lower risk” category of exposure (the lowest level on their occupational classification of risk for COVID-19).
- ISA Michigan Board Statement
The ISA Michigan Board encourages everyone to be safe and follow all applicable regulations and Executive Orders. In the interest of public health we encourage you to follow the guidance provided by the ISA & TCIA Joint Statement on Essential Services that outlines the various aspects of your operations that can be deemed “Essential.” Additionally, you may find your work-type to be defined in one of these sections of the Homeland Security document referenced above:
- Food and Agriculture
- Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products.
- Public Works (now including landscaping)
- Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.
- Vegetation management and traffic control for supporting those crews.
BUSINESS RESOURCES & ISA NEWS:
Check out our News Page for articles on the following topics that will help business and ISA Members:
- SBA Loans
- ISA Credentialing
- COVID-19 Safe Work Practices for Tree Care
- More to come...
- Safety Trio Course in Grand Rapids, March 24-25. (rescheduled for June 23-24, 2020)
- TRAQ Renewal – April 14 (rescheduled for September 29)
- TRAQ - April 15-17 (rescheduled for September 30-October 2)
- Tree City USA Awards Luncheon April 15
- EHAP training in Petoskey, April 8, 9
All events are subject to cancellation or postponement. We will continue to monitor all scheduled events 30 days prior to start date to ensure conditions are favorable.
RESOURCES & UPDATES