Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative (JMEC) launched a successful utility vegetation management (UVM) program and is committed to operating a program that is best in class. To help achieve this goal and enhance the utility’s preventive maintenance program, the cooperative requires contract crews to have undergone rigorous training and earned certifications relative to the work they perform.

Supporting the ultimate aim of maximizing tree worker safety in the U.S., this ensures compliance with the critical standards: Occupational Safety & Health Administration 1910.269 and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z133.

Best in class

The arboricultural operations safety requirements, developed by the accredited standards committee on safety in tree trimming operations Z133 according to the procedures of ANSI, is considered to be the leading authority for safe practice in tree care in the tree care industry. While compliance is voluntary, adherence to ANSI Z133 requirements is often cited by regulatory authorities as a source of best practices and thus can be backed by the force of law.

In addition to benefiting JMEC and its customers through improved reliability, the training and certification provided by ACRT helps to ensure UVM crews follow safe work practices around high-voltage areas and know how to avoid dangerous situations.