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- Prostaff Member Steve Johnson
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (July 19, 2010)-Representatives from Hunter Safety System and the Treestand Manufacturer's Association conducted hands-on treestand safety demonstrations for hunter education coordinators and volunteer instructors at the 2010 International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Annual Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, June 2-5. But the big news for the TMA was IHEA's adoption of new treestand safety standards on the last day of the conference.
On Friday, June 4, TMA representatives participated in the IHEA Standards Committee meeting to discuss proposed treestand safety standards. Then, at the IHEA business meeting on Saturday, June 5, state representatives unanimously approved the treestand safety standards as put forth by the Standards Committee.
“TMA is extremely excited that the members of IHEA have voted to adopt treestand safety standards for hunter education,” said John Louk, executive director of the TMA. “Incorporating treestand safety in the hunter education programs throughout all 50 states will be a major factor in reducing the number of treestand incidents.
“As a member of TMA in the Manufacturing Class, Hunter Safety System's show of support to state agencies and IHEA played a key role in the adoption of treestand safety standards which will benefit the entire membership and also encourage states to establish and teach a more consistent message related to treestand safety,” Louk concluded.
The TMA operates as a Non-profit 501(c)(6) which specifically devotes its resources to promote treestand safety. It endeavors to improve treestand safety by education in the proper use of treestands, the development of treestand manufacturing standards, product testing, manufacturing quality control and the promotion of mandatory use of Fall Arrest Systems/Full Body Harness devices. Further, the TMA pursues its members to actively seek certification of conformance to association standards on all treestand products.