Greenhouse Growers

Greenhouse GrowersGreenhouse workers face specific hazards in the course of their work day. The Greenhouse Risk Assessment Project, a multi-year initiative undertaken by the Ontario Ministry of Labour in coordination with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services and greenhouse industry stakeholders, identified the top hazards as:

  • Falls from heights
  • Overexertion and repetitive strain when moving or lifting objects such as equipment, supplies or debris
  • Substance abuse in the workplace
  • Heat stress
  • Slips, trips and falls resulting in injuries such as fractures, sprains or strains
  • Machinery/equipment hazards
  • Chemical exposure

What the law says

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires that employers take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers. Sections 25, 27 and 28 refer to duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers.

OHSA also requires employers to appoint "competent" people as supervisors. This means the supervisor must be:

  • Qualified because of knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance.
  • Familiar with the Act and its regulations
  • Knowledgeable about any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace

How WSPS Can Help

We offer health and safety solutions for greenhouse employers to help you demonstrate due diligence, give your supervisors the knowledge and skills to stay competent, and to address hazards specific to greenhouses.

Downloads

Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (English)

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

205 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Electrical Shock (Spanish)

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

603 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (English)

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

280 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Heat Stress (Spanish)

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

668 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (English)

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

202 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (Spanish)

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

627 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (English)

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

205 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Falls (Spanish)

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

631 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Lifting & Overexertion Injuries (English)

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

To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries.

218 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Lifting & Overexertion Injuries (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Lifting & Overexertion Injuries (Spanish)

To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries.

654 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (English)

To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery.

202 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Preventing Machine Hazards (Spanish)

To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery.

602 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English)

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

277 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (Spanish)

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

702 KB PDF
Employee orientation and training checklist: 1-5 employees (Agriculture)

Employee orientation and training checklist: 1-5 employees (Agriculture)

An employer checklist template for managing the orientation and training of workers. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.

462 KB PDF
Employee orientation and training checklist: 20-49 employees (Agriculture)

Employee orientation and training checklist: 20-49 employees (Agriculture)

An employer checklist template for managing the orientation and training of workers. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.

469 KB PDF
Employee orientation and training checklist: 6-19 employees (Agriculture)

Employee orientation and training checklist: 6-19 employees (Agriculture)

An employer checklist template for managing the orientation and training of workers. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.

465 KB PDF
Greenhouse Growers Working at Heights Hazards

Greenhouse Growers Working at Heights Hazards

Infographic poster illustrating Greenhouse Growers working at heights hazards including underlying basic causes.

1074 KB PDF

Consulting Services

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Consulting Services Awareness Sessions

Awareness sessions are presentations of up to 2 hours in length delivered at your workplace by WSPS consultants. They are designed to help meet your legal duty to provide information about workplace hazards to employees.

Training

Certification Part Two - Agriculture (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Agriculture (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Agriculture industry.

2 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Impairment in the Workplace: What Managers Need to Know (1/2 day)

Impairment in the Workplace: What Managers Need to Know (1/2 day)

Impairment in the Workplace: What Managers need to Know is a ½ day training session which focuses on providing information and recommendations to managers on how to address the potential of impairment in the workplace as part of a hazard assessment as it relates to workplace health and safety.  This session is open to all sectors and organizations including employers, managers and supervisors.
NOW available through virtual classroom training!

3 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

E-Courses

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Supervisors (English) (1 hour)

This solution explains a supervisor's role and duties regarding health and safety at the workplace.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Health and Safety Awareness for Ontario Workers (English) (1 hour)

Learn about Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and your rights and responsibilities as a worker.
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$15.00

Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Basic Training eLearning Program (English) (Ontario) (8 hours)

Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Basic Training eLearning Program (English) (Ontario) (8 hours)

NEW This one-day eLearning training program provides training on the powers, functions and duties of the workplace health and safety representative.

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$25.00

La santé mentale : sensibilisation (français)

La santé mentale : sensibilisation (français)

Renseignez-vous sur les raisons pour lesquelles la santé mentale en milieu de travail est importante.

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$0.00

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

This course provides a practical introduction to working safety with ladders (step, extension, and fixed ladders).
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$29.00

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Gain a better understanding of why mental health in the workplace matters.

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$0.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (English) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (English) (1.5 hours)

This two-part course provides a general introduction to occupational H&S for new agricultural worker.
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$0.00

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (French) (1.5 hours)

Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers (Parts 1+2) (French) (1.5 hours)

This two-part course provides a general introduction to occupational H&S for new agricultural worker.
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$0.00

Working at Heights (English) (1 hour)

Working at Heights (English) (1 hour)

Learn to assess and control hazards related to working at heights.

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$49.00

WSPS WHMIS 2015 for Workers: eCourse

WSPS WHMIS 2015 for Workers: eCourse

To give employers and workers information about hazardous materials used in the workplace.

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$29.00