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Greenhouse Growers: Risks, Hazards and Solutions There are many hazards found within the greenhouse growers' sector, so it can be daunting to easily find solutions to these challenges. But without a solid understanding of the dos, don'ts, and best practices, these hazards also present numerous risks to workplaces. The Greenhouse risk assessment project, is a multi-year initiative undertaken by the Ontario Ministry of Labour Skills and Training Development (MLTSD) in coordination with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and greenhouse industry stakeholders, who are working together to develop solutions that address the identified top ten hazards and their associated root causes. This document provides some clarity on current resources and workplace best practices that address these challenges, and how our Greenhouse growers solutions can help! Top 10 Root Causes Lack of Fall Protection (anchoring points) Resistance to change Lack of "Near Miss" Reporting Training and education challenges Engineering and new technology challenges Not following policies and procedures Fit for Duty concerns Complacency and Personal Protective Equipment Lack of a preventative maintenance program Lack of communication By breaking down the top 10 root causes of incidents in the greenhouse sector, we have identified 6 common hazard categories, and provided links to associated WSPS solutions. Many of these are free and available in other languages! You can also connect with our on-call duty consultants at if you have additional questions. Common Hazards and Links to Solutions Working at Heights Challenge For Greenhouse Growers, working at heights is a common hazard, so having a structured workplan in place that is based on your workplace specific risk assessment is critical. Effective workplans, policies and programs should be developed in a collaborative fashion. Including maintenance staff in your plans can go a long way to ensure that ladders, fixed and portable anchoring points for structures, machinery and other platforms are in place and inspected regularly, through a preventive maintenance program. Remember, it's not only fall prevention! Working at Heights can also result in overexertion injuries. Training on the safe use of ladders should also be provided for staff. Solutions Training Working at Heights Guides Preventing Falls Preventing Lifting & Overexertion Injuries Proper Use of Ladders Job Aid - Mobile Ladders Platforms Job Aid - Aerial Work Platforms Articles Working at Heights Regulations Most resources are also available in French and Spanish.

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