Arborist Safe Work Practices
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guidelines for the industry

Ruurd van deVen,
Arborvalley Urban Forestry Co Inc.

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Sally Harvey,
Landscape Ontario

Landscape Ontario

WSPS KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
RESULTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT
OF BEST PRACTICES

Tom Baker,
The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance

Agriculture

Products & Resources

WSPS, and other HSO partners, assist clients to build health and safety into their operations. We offer innovative and cost-effective solutions to meet the unique needs of agriculture operators, including:

Reference Products

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices 3rd edition

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices 3rd edition

Know the industry standards and the law in this new, updated version.
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$20.00

Health and Safety Starter Kit

Health and Safety Starter Kit

This kit sets the foundation for a small business' health and safety program.
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$79.00

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business is a practical solution intended to guide small business owners through the requirements of a health and safety program.
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$20.00

Chemical Storage Sign - pkg of 3

Chemical Storage Sign - pkg of 3

11" x 11" Chemical Storage sign meets "Sign G" requirements in O. Reg 63/09 - Notice and Warning Signs for pesticide storage.
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$20.00

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

Landscape Ontario Workplace Safety Tailgate Talks for the Landscaping Industry

This tool provides information on dozens of the most common hazards in the landscaping industry along with best practices for working safely.
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$20.00

Downloads

Eye Safety

Eye Safety

"Goggle Up" in the workplace

Did you know that up to 90% of eye injuries are entirely preventable?

In 2011 across the province, there were almost 25,000 eye injuries requiring care from a hospital and/or from an eye surgeon. It is estimated that 90% of these injuries could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear.

This downloadable infographic shows how easy it is to prevent eye injuries and reduce to the number of eye injuries in Ontario. It's simple! Just remember to "Goggle up".

792 KB PDF
Falls Infographic Poster

Falls Infographic Poster

Did you know that there were more than 10,000 Lost time injuries resulting from Falls in Ontario in 2012? The cost was more than $73.2-million. Download this free Falls Awareness poster for an eye-opening look at some of the stats around falling in the workplace, and what your business can do about it.

1900 KB pdf
Agricultural Safety Topic - Battery Safety (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Battery Safety (English & Spanish)

Lead-acid storage batteries are chemical machines that produce power on demand. Learn how to use and store batteries in a safe manner.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Caught in or Caught-Between Objects (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Caught in or Caught-Between Objects (English & Spanish)

To understand why accidents involving being caught-in or between objects occur and how to prevent them.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Chain Saws (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Chain Saws (English & Spanish)

To know what safety precautions to take when working with a chain saw and to practice proper maintenance of the chain saw.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Chock & Block (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Chock & Block (English & Spanish)

To be able to secure a vehicle or piece of equipment using the proper chock and block method.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Cold Weather Exposure (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Cold Weather Exposure (English & Spanish)

To recognize the symptoms and results of overexposure to the cold and the precautions for preventing overexposure.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (English & Spanish)

High voltage, current, grounding and resistance are basic electrical terms. Electricity and proper grounding work together for safety.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Farm Pond Safety (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Farm Pond Safety (English & Spanish)

A farm pond is used to control soil erosion and flooding and to provide water for recreational purposes, livestock, irrigation, fire protection, and fish production.

Agricultural Safety Topic - First on the Scene (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - First on the Scene (English & Spanish)

Unlike automobile accidents farm rescues are more difficult due to the ruggedness of the farm equipment and poor accessibility to the scene.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Flammble Liquids (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Flammble Liquids (English & Spanish)

Flammables should be stored in a self-closing safety can. Storing flammables in open containers can cause the liquid to vaporize and create an ignitable mixture.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Held Tools (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Held Tools (English & Spanish)

To be able to use hand held tools in a safe manner.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (English & Spanish)

Moving materials with a hand pallet truck may seem easy, but safe handling requires skill.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Harvesting Equipment wth Cutterbars (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Harvesting Equipment wth Cutterbars (English & Spanish)

Cutterbar-equiped harvesting equipment includes sickle cutterbars, rotary disk cutterbars and field combines. The operator should be familiar with the mechanisms and the safety precautions to follow when using harvesting equipment.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (English & Spanish)

To be able to identify symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion and recognize emergency procedures for both.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hydraulic Systems (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hydraulic Systems (English & Spanish)

To know the hazards that could occur from working with hydraulic equipment and how to prevent them.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Intro to Agricultural Safety (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Intro to Agricultural Safety (English & Spanish)

To know that safety training is important and that it can reduce accidents.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Jacks (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Jacks (English & Spanish)

To know how to correctly use jacks for equipment repairs.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (English & Spanish)

To be able to recognize loading dock and warehouse hazards.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Lockout Tagout (English & Spanish)

To be able to properly lockout and tagout equipment.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Material Handling Devices (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Material Handling Devices (English & Spanish)

To be able to use tools and equipment effectively and safely to move farm materials.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculskeletal Disorders Prevention (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculskeletal Disorders Prevention (English & Spanish)

To help identify potential MSD hazards in the workplace that can lead to injuries, including sprains and strains.

Agricultural Safety Topic - No Riders on Farm Lawn Equipment (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - No Riders on Farm Lawn Equipment (English & Spanish)

To know the dangers associated with riders on farm equipment and mowers.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Orchard Ladder Safety (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Orchard Ladder Safety (English & Spanish)

To be able properly use orchard ladders.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Overhead Electrical Hazards (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Overhead Electrical Hazards (English & Spanish)

To be able to prevent contact with overhead power supply lines.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Personal Eye Protection (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Personal Eye Protection (English & Spanish)

To learn the proper use and care of eye protection.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Portable Fire Extinguishers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Portable Fire Extinguishers (English & Spanish)

To know how to identify the types of fire extinguishers and be able to properly use them.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Lawn Mowers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Lawn Mowers (English & Spanish)

To be able to operate power lawn mowers according to safety guidelines.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Take Off (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Take Off (English & Spanish)

To become aware of the dangers of the Power Take Off (PTO) systems, and to learn to use the system safely.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (English & Spanish)

To be able to recognize hazards and be able to prevent falls.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Lifting & Overxertion Injuries (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Lifting & Overxertion Injuries (English & Spanish)

To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English & Spanish)

To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Proper Use of Ladders (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Proper Use of Ladders (English & Spanish)

To be able to demonstrate the safe use ladders that are used primarily for construction and/or maintenance jobs.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Properly Cleaning Storing Respirators (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Properly Cleaning Storing Respirators (English & Spanish)

To be able to clean and store respirators according to the presented guidelines.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English & Spanish)

To know the effect of noise on hearing, and to practice proper protection against unsafe noise levels.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Hands & Fingers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Hands & Fingers (English & Spanish)

To understand the need to protect fingers and hands, and how to prevent injuries.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting the Head (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting the Head (English & Spanish)

To know when and what type of head protection to use.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protective Gloves (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protective Gloves (English & Spanish)

To be able to choose what type of gloves are needed for the job.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Respirator Fit (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Respirator Fit (English & Spanish)

To wear the correct respirator for the job and make sure it fits properly.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Rollover Protective Structures (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Rollover Protective Structures (English & Spanish)

To understand the risk of tractor overturns, and the effectiveness of the proper use of Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS).

Agricultural Safety Topic - Rotary Agricultural Mowers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Rotary Agricultural Mowers (English & Spanish)

To understand hazards associated with rotary mowers and methods for reducing those hazards.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Skid-Steers and Loaders (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Skid-Steers and Loaders (English & Spanish)

To understand and know how to prevent the dangers associated with the skid-steers and loaders.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Skin Irritants (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Skin Irritants (English & Spanish)

To be able to describe the hazards that can occur when solvents and acids come in contact with the skin, and know how to prevent this exposure.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Starting & Stopping a Tractor (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Starting & Stopping a Tractor (English & Spanish)

To be able to start and stop a tractor the proper way.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Struck-by Accidents (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Struck-by Accidents (English & Spanish)

To know the common hazards associated with falling objects so that accidents can be prevented.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Substance Abuse Accidents (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Substance Abuse Accidents (English & Spanish)

To know the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body and be aware of the on-the-job problems substance abuse can cause.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Sun Exposure (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Sun Exposure (English & Spanish)

To learn the possible outcomes of overexposure to the sun, and how to prevent overexposure.

Agricultural Safety Topic - Tractors Self-Propelled Farm Equipment (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Tractors Self-Propelled Farm Equipment (English)

To be able to safely operate tractors and other self-propelled farm equipment.

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices

The Arborist Safe Work Practices (ASWP) contain arboricultural safety requirements for planting, pruning, repairing, maintaining and removing woody plants, cutting brush and for using equipment in such operations, outside of the Construction or Industrial Legislated Limits of Approach to energized electrical apparatus.
2190 KB PDF
Broiler Chicken Industry Safe Work Practices

Broiler Chicken Industry Safe Work Practices

To address the lack of documented safety guidelines for the poultry industry, an industry representative group convened to create the Broiler Chicken Industry Safe Work Practices. The practices outline the minimum requirements for poultry workers to work safely in Ontario.

1000 KB PDF
Health and Safety Guidelines for Agriculture, Horticulture and Landscape Employers and Employees

Health and Safety Guidelines for Agriculture, Horticulture and Landscape Employers and Employees

This guideline highlights the hazards associated with working in agriculture, horticulture and landscape industries and provides safe work guidelines to reduce or eliminate risk.
431 KB PDF
How Does Safety Rate On Your Farm?

How Does Safety Rate On Your Farm?

This checklist has been designed to get you thinking about safety on your farm.
116 KB PDF
Turkey Safe Work Practices Manual

Turkey Safe Work Practices Manual

To address the lack of documented safety guidelines for the poultry industry, an industry representative group convened to create the Turkey Safe Work Practices Manual. The practices outline the minimum requirements for poultry workers to work safely in Ontario.

2400 KB PDF
Closing the Loop:  Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in your Small Business (Generic)

This guide helps you navigate through the rules and regulations that govern workplace health and safety.  Includes a self-assessment tool to help you get started.

To purchase a copy of this guide, please visit the online catalogue.
1934 KB pdf
OHSCO Heat Stress Poster

OHSCO Heat Stress Poster

A companion piece to the OHSCO Heat Stress Awareness Guide, this poster can be displayed in your workplace and offers simple tips that can help your workers protect themselves from the deadly symptoms of heat stress.
1063 KB pdf
Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (French)

Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (French)

Developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this resource guide is a business risk management tool which is reflective of best practice recommendations for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy farm work environment.  These recommendations also take into consideration the general occupational health and safety requirements imposed by regulation across Canada. 

Also available in English.

A companion piece - Ontario FarmSafe Plan - is available for download.
 
1773 KB pdf
Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (English)

Ontario FarmSafe Resource Guide (English)

Developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, this resource guide is a business risk management tool which is reflective of best practice recommendations for establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy farm work environment.  These recommendations also take into consideration the general occupational health and safety requirements imposed by regulation across Canada. 

Also available in French.

 A companion piece - Ontario FarmSafe Plan - is available for download.

 
1285 KB pdf
Pictograms - Greenhouses

Pictograms - Greenhouses

Pictograms are visual representations of an action, thing, or idea, and deliver a message to viewers. They have typically  been used as warning labels or for directional purposes.

A collaborative project between the Institute for Work & Health, Ministry of Labour, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and WSPS, involved developing pictograms and companion training for identifying and controlling hazards. This download includes hazard and control pictograms, a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes and an instruction sheet that explains how to use the materials.

12400 KB ZIP
Silo Safety

Silo Safety

Silos are an important part of many farming operations; they are also the location of many accidents.
256 KB pdf
Flowing Grain Entrapment

Flowing Grain Entrapment

Grain storage structures and handling equipment create hazardous work situations. Workers who work with grain-loading, unloading, or moving-must be aware of the hazards of flowing grain and ways to prevent a grain entrapment situation.
279 KB pdf
Large Bale Harvesting Equipment Safety

Large Bale Harvesting Equipment Safety

The biggest hazard in working with thse large machines is their physical size. Large bales of hay or straw can weigh from 225 kg to 1300 kg, and these can create additional risks.
253 KB pdf
Safe Implement Hitching: A Guide for Safe Connection of Agricultural Tractors to Implements

Safe Implement Hitching: A Guide for Safe Connection of Agricultural Tractors to Implements

This guide, developed by the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) provides information that farm machinery owners and operators can use for correctly connecting agricultural tractors to implements and other towed equipment such as wagons, grain carts, etc.

PAMI is an applied research, development, and testing organization serving manufacturers and farmers.
2037 KB pdf
Using Landscaping Equipment

Using Landscaping Equipment

This guideline will help understand the general safety practices associated with the use of landscaping equipment.
342 KB pdf
Agricultural Tractor Safety

Agricultural Tractor Safety

Tractors are involved in many farm accidents - accounting for about two-thirds of all fatalities. Manufacturers have added many safety features, but these do not replace a trained operator who is aware of the potential hazards of operating a tractor safely.
381 KB pdf
Using Backhoes or Loaders

Using Backhoes or Loaders

Backhoes and loaders pose a threat for serious injuries like crushed legs, arms or other body parts, hearing loss, and illness or death from carbon monoxide or nitrous oxide poisoning.
362 KB 

Articles

How to avoid risking life and limb in managing the emerald ash borer

How to avoid risking life and limb in managing the emerald ash borer

The invasive emerald ash borer, is laying waste to ash trees and posing a hazard to the people who cut them down, including arborists, landscape contractors, farmers, golf course workers, and homeowners.
Jun 03, 2013
Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices 3rd edition

Arborist Industry Safe Work Practices 3rd edition

This publication serves as a reference for aboricultural safety requirements and includes information on potential hazards, legislation, mandatory requirements and safe work practices.
Apr 23, 2012
Farm Guide: Farm Equipment on the Highway

Farm Guide: Farm Equipment on the Highway

This Ministry of Transportation site offers general information and clarification on laws applying to farm equipment and select provisions applying to farm trucks.
Jul 22, 2011
Feeling hot, hot, hot – heat stress prevention

Feeling hot, hot, hot – heat stress prevention

It's in the forecast: this summer will be a hot one! That's good news for vacationers, a warning bell for those who will be working through the heat. What better time to develop a workplace heat stress prevention plan? We've gathered together some helpful info and tips to get you started.
Jun 29, 2011