Landscaping Health and Safety

Landscaping Health & SafetyLandscaping employers must deal with unique challenges in managing their business. The seasonal nature of the work creates an annual need to recruit, train and supervise new workers as well as long hours in peak season when the weather is good or for snow removal in winter. In addition, landscaping crews must be mobile moving staff and equipment to multiple locations each day often dealing with inclement weather conditions.

These factors bring specific health and safety considerations into play together with the on-the-job hazards that workers face in their course of their work day. For example:

  • Overexertion when moving or lifting objects such as equipment, supplies or debris
  • Being struck by an object such as a falling branch
  • Slips, trips and falls resulting in injuries such as fractures, sprains or strains
  • Machinery hazards
  • Chemical exposure

What the Law Says

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act 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.

The OHS Act 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 Landscaping employers to help you demonstrate due diligence, give your supervisors the knowledge and skills to stay competent, and to address hazards specific to landscaping.

Our Small Business Centre provides information and resources you need to get started on your health and safety program.

Downloads

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

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

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

205 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Chain Saws (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Chain Saws (English)

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

376 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Cold Weather Exposure (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Cold Weather Exposure (English)

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

216 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Held Tools (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Held Tools (English)

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

204 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 - 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 - Personal Eye Protection (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Personal Eye Protection (English)

To learn the proper use and care of eye protection.

486 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Lawn Mowers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Power Lawn Mowers (English)

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

204 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 Lifting & Overexertion Injuries (English)

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

To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries.

641 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Proper Use of Ladders (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Proper Use of Ladders (English)

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

203 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 - Rotary Agricultural Mowers (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Rotary Agricultural Mowers (English)

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

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

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

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

435 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Sun Exposure (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Sun Exposure (English)

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

298 KB PDF
Closing the Loop: Setting Up a Health & Safety System in Your Small Business (Landscaping & Growers)

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

Developed in partnership with Landscape Ontario, 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.

1109 KB PDF
Safety Check: Snow Blower

Safety Check: Snow Blower

Snow blower safety tips for workers.
508 KB 

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

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

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

NEW! 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.

  • Classroom
  • On-site
$149.00

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

Supervisor Responsibilities and Due Diligence (1/2 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Understand your legal duties to protect the health and safety of workers, your role as a leader and what it means to be duly diligent.  

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

E-Courses

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

Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace (English) (1.5 hour)

Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace (English) (1.5 hour)

Employers have an obligation to make sure that all workers have the ability to do their jobs safely. Being impaired at work - whether caused by alcohol, drugs, or another source - can affect our ability to focus, make decisions, follow instructions, and handle equipment and tools.
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$49.00

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

Mental Health: Awareness (English)

This free course provides an introduction to the complex issue of mental health in the workplace, and explains why it is so important.
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$0.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers: Video-Based eCourse

WHMIS 2015 for Workers: Video-Based eCourse

NEW! Train workers in WHMIS 2015 using this engaging, video-based e-course and help ensure learning sticks.
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$29.00

Reference Products

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