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May 2005 - OSHA Unveils Safety and Health Topics Page for Landscape and Horticultural Industry
May 23, 2005
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled a new safety and health topics page that provides Web-based assistance for workers and employers in the landscape and horticultural services industry. Landscape and horticultural services encompass a wide range of services. Included in this category are companies engaged in landscape design and architecture; soil preparation and grading; irrigation systems; tree, shrub and lawn planting; hardscape construction, including retaining walls, pathways and patios; lawn care and landscape maintenance; and arborist services including tree trimming and line clearance.
Employers and workers can access information to develop and implement comprehensive safety and health programs, and link to sites that identify the most common industry hazards and possible solutions to those hazards. The page also provides employer and employee resources for Spanish-speaking workers and youth workers in the industry.
The various landscape and horticultural services are organized into three main segments; landscape design, landscape planting and construction, and lawn maintenance and tree care. Each service category includes information on the most frequently cited OSHA standards, and the standards that apply to each service area.
The page also includes a link to a new Safety Tips Sheet (in English and Spanish) that provides information on slip and trip injuries common in the landscape and horticultural services industry. The OSHA Web site may be found at the following link: www.osha.gov/SLTC/landscaping/index.html.
The information contained in this publication was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. ISO Services Properties, Inc., its companies and employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with either the information herein contained or the safety suggestions herein made. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedure.
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