The implementation of a comprehensive safety and health program is an important tool in providing both a safe, and profitable, workplace. Also provided here are employer and employee resources for Spanish speaking workers and youth workers that may be present in this workforce. The following references were selected to assist in developing a safety and health program for the landscape and horticultural industry.
- Sample Safety and Health Program for Small Business. OSHA.
- Injury and Illness Prevention Model Program for Employers with Intermittent Employees. California Department of Industrial Relations, (1996, October). A Spanish version is also available.
- PLANET/STARS Safe Company Program (PDF). Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). Describes a program which is designed for companies in the landcare industry that make a strong commitment to safety and want to help move the entire profession toward safety excellence. Safety Training Achieves Remarkable Success (STARS) members receive assistance in improving their safety programs, documenting and measuring injuries/incidents, and reducing their loss ratios. There is no cost to join the STARS program.
- Job Hazard Analysis (PDF). OSHA Publication 3071, (Revised 2002). Explains what a job hazard analysis is and offers guidelines to help employers conduct their own step-by-step analysis.
- Safety and Health Management Systems. OSHA eTool. Indicates four crucial questions you should be asking when it comes to safety and health programs. The detailed answers are found in the four modules of this eTool.
- $afety Pays Program. OSHA. Assists employers in estimating the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses and the impact on a company’s profitability.
- Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines; Issuance of Voluntary Guidelines. OSHA Federal Register Notice 54:3904-3916, (1989, January 26). Provides safety and health program management guidelines are for use by employers to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
- Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program. OSHA Slide Presentation. Summarizes safety and health program guidelines.
- Safety and Health Add Value (PDF). OSHA Publication 3180. Describes how safety and health add value to your business, your workplace, and your life.
- For additional information, see OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Safety and Health Topics Page.
Hispanic Worker Resources
- Spanish-Language Compliance Assistance Resources. OSHA.
- Hispanic Outreach: Delivering the Safety and Health Message. OSHA. Hispanic Outreach: Making Inroads in Fort Lauderdale. OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Office joins in the agency’s war on workplace fatalities. Job Safety and Health Quarterly, Volume 13. Mentions creative new ways to reach out to Hispanic and Latino workers including those working in landscaping operations.
- OSHA Podemos Ayudar (OSHA Can Help). OSHA’s Spanish-language site.
- Equipo de Protección Personal (Personal Protective Equipment) (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet.
- Peligros de operar máquinas cortadoras de piedra sin guardas de seguridad en paisajismo u otros sitios de empleo. OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (2013, January).
- Protéjase Contra Los Rayos Dañinos del Sol (Protect Yourself Against the Sun’s Harmful Rays) (PDF). OSHA Publication 3168, (2000).
- Información Sobre Los Riesgos de Los Productos Químicos (Information on the Risks of Chemical Products) (PDF). OSHA Publication 3117, (1989).
- Programa en Español de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo de OR-OSHA (PESO) (OR-OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Program in Spanish). Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division. Includes ready-to-use bilingual (English/Spanish) tailgate safety training lessons and PowerPoint presentations.
- Instituto Nacional para la Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)). Provides a Spanish language web page that includes safety and health information, links to specific Spanish language publications, and links to other Spanish language web pages.
- Peligros eléctricos. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.
- Petición De Ayuda Para La Prevención De Electrocuciones Debidas a Tomas De Corriente Y a Conectores Averiados (Preventing Electrocutions Due to Damaged Receptacles and Connectors). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1986, October).
- Petición De Ayuda Para La Prevención De Electrocuciones Por Contacto Entre Grúas Y Cables De Alta Tensión(Preventing Electrocutions from Contact Between Cranes and Power Lines). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1985, July).
- Petición De Ayuda Para La Prevención De Muertes a Los Trabajadores Que Se Ponen En Contacto Con La Energía Elécrica (Preventing Fatalities of Workers Who Contact Electrical Energy). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1986, December).
Youth Worker Resources
- Young Workers. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
- YouthRules! US Department of Labor (DOL).
- Teen Construction Safety (PDF). Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI/DWC). Provides a five minute training safety aid.
- Youth in Agriculture. OSHA eTool. Describes common hazards and potential safety solutions for youth agricultural workers that also apply to youth in landscaping and horticultural work.
Source: United States Department of Labor, “Safety and Health Programs” https://www.osha.gov website. Accessed November 28, 2015. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/landscaping/safetyprograms.html
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