OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Ladder / Stairway Training:Employees that are required to use ladders or stairways should be trained on the hazards associated with their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyProvide retraining so that the employee maintains the understanding and knowledge acquired from the training.
Downloadable Ladder / Stairway Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyWhen there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.
Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Heat Stress Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Power Tools Safety Training Resources (free):
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Landscaping Worker Safety Tips
There are many common plant allergies, but some plants like certain species of hogweed can cause severe irritation, even blindness. Take extra care when taking care of someone’s yard that you know of any allergic reactions your body might have to certain plants and avoid them at all costs.
In order to keep the outside of their home looking as attractive and as well designed as the inside, many people turn to the help of landscapers. Landscaping Workers can not only help you to choose the best plants that will accent the outside of your home, but will also maintain large yards including grass, trees, and other plant life. For these workers, there are some important tips to keep in mind as they deal with the weather, dangerous equipment, and travel between different jobs. These are all factors that can lead to unsafe situations and injuries while on the job, but in most cases many injuries sustained by landscaping workers are easily preventable if the most basic safety rules and tips are followed at all times.
Wear the right clothes
- Landscapers should wear bright colors that stand out from the greenery that surrounds them to avoid getting hit by passing vehicles or other people working in the yard.
- Always dress for the weather outside. Stay warm when it is cold, but in the summer be careful to not wear clothing that is loose or baggy enough to get caught up in machinery or tools.
- Always have sturdy, close-toed shoes, gloves, and protection from dirt and debris for your ears and eyes.
- Keep earplugs on hand to prevent damage to your hearing from loud machinery, but stay alert to what’s going on around you.
Use the right tools
- Keep your tools sharp. Dull blades on shears and trimmers can be far more dangerous because of the excessive force they require to get the same result.
- Always keep your tools in working order and organized. Never let them out of your site, or be used by other people.
- Make sure any power tools have been inspected and received proper maintenance. Tillers, blowers, trenchers, and mowers can all cause severe injury if they malfunction.
- If you are attempting to clear a power tool of a jam, or repair something, make sure it is completely powered down.
- Never use a tool that has a frayed or damaged power cord.
- Make sure everyone in the area is aware if you are using a riding mower, especially when traveling in reverse.
- Ladder safety. Always use the right ladder for the right job. Never stand on the top of a ladder or attempt to use one that is too small to save time.
- Make sure that any outdoor walkways or stairs aren’t slippery and are clear of clutter and debris.
- Watch out for small children and animals that may live in the home.
- Never startle an animal, even a friendly pet.
- Make sure that all twigs and branches are clear from the path of your riding mower.
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