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Landscaping and horticulture hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry if work is considered maintenance activity and construction if work is considered building activity.This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to landscape and horticulture services.

OSHA Standards

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Landscape and Horticultural Services, use NAICS code 561730 in the NAICS search box.

Other Highlighted Standards

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart D – Walking-Working Surfaces 1910.22, General requirements
1910.23, Ladders
1910.27, Scaffolds and rope descent systems
Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1910.134, Respiratory protection
1910.136, Foot protection
1910.138, Hand protection
Subpart J – General Environmental Controls 1910.147, The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
Subpart K – Medical and First Aid 1910.151, Medical services and first aid
Subpart N – Materials Handling and Storage 1910.178, Powered industrial trucks
Subpart P – Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment 1910.243, Guarding of portable powered tools
Subpart R – Special Industries 1910.268, Telecommunications (e.g., when trimming near communication lines)
Subpart S – Electrical 1910.332, Training
1910.334, Use of equipment
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens. See also Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. Provides answers to the most commonly asked questions related to the BBP standard.
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions 1926.25, Housekeeping  
Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls

1926.50, Medical services and first aid

1926.51, Sanitation
Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment 1926.100, Head protection
1926.101, Hearing protection
1926.102, Eye and face protection
Subpart I – Tools - Hand and Power 1926.307, Mechanical power-transmission apparatus
Subpart K – Electrical 1926.403, General requirements
Subpart L – Scaffolds 1926.451, General requirements
Subpart M – Fall Protection 1926.501, Duty to have fall protection [related topic page]
Subpart O – Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Marine Operations 1926.600, Equipment
1926.601, Motor vehicles
1926.602, Material handling equipment
1926.604, Site clearing
Subpart P – Excavations 1926.651, Specific excavation requirements
Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures; Overhead Protection 1926.1000, Rollover protective structures (ROPS) for material handling equipment
1926.1001, Minimum performance criteria for rollover protective structures for designated scrapers, loaders, dozers, graders, and crawler tractors
1926.1002, Protective frames (roll-over protective structures, known as ROPS) for wheel-type agricultural and industrial tractors used in construction
1926.1003, Overhead protection for operators of agricultural and industrial tractors
Subpart X – Stairways and Ladders 1926.1060, Training requirements
Additional Federal Register notices

Note: The "Federal Register notices" bullets above link to federal register notices related to each OSHA standard. The federal register notices in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

Additional Directives

Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

Additional Letters of Interpretation

Note: The “Letters of interpretation” bullets above link to interpretations related to each OSHA standard. The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

State Standards

There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

National Consensus Standards

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

The following voluntary ANSI standards may be applicable to the landscaping and horticultural industry. Compliance with ANSI standards does not ensure compliance with OSHA policy, although the requirements of some ANSI standards have been adopted within OSHA standards. This list is provided for reference use only.

  • A10.14, Requirements for Safety belts, Harnesses, Lanyards, Lifelines, and Drop Lines for Constructional and Industrial Use
  • A14.1, Ladders - Portable Wood - Safety Requirements
  • A14.2, Ladders - Portable Metal - Safety Requirements
  • A14.5, Stepladders and Platform Ladders, Aluminum Magnesium, Fiberglass Ladders
  • A92.2, Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices
  • A300, Tree Care Operations - Tree, Shrub and Other Woody Plant Maintenance - Standard Practices
  • B30.5, Mobile and Locomotive Truck Cranes
  • B71.1, Powered Lawn Mowers and Garden Tractors
  • B71.3, Snow Throwers
  • B71.4, Commercial Turf Type Equipment
  • B71.6, Shredders and Grinders
  • B71.8, Tillers
  • B175.1, Gasoline Powered Chain Saws, Safety Requirements
  • B175.2, Blowers
  • B175.3, Trimmers and Brushcutters
  • Z41, Protective Footgear Requirements
  • Z87.1, Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices
  • Z89.1, Personnel Protection - Protective Headgear for Industrial Workers - Requirements
  • Z133.1, Arboricultural Operations Safety
  • Z308.1, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits
  • Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems, and Components
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