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(signed February 23, 2004; renewed April 6, 2006; concluded February 23, 2008)



The OSHA and PLANET Alliance will focus on providing large and small landscape industry businesses and their employees, including but not limited to youth workers, "hard-to reach" and non-English speaking workers, with information and guidance that will help them reduce strains caused by manual material handling; amputations; motor vehicle crashes; as well as slip and trip injuries. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and deliver safety training materials designed to meet the needs of the diverse workforce, using appropriate language, media, and delivery methods.
Outreach and communication:
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PLANET's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the Green Industry Conference, Green Industry Exposition, Student Career Days, Specialty Symposiums or other events.
  • Promote and encourage PLANET members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PLANET's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by PLANET and through OSHA- or PLANET developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any applicable forum).
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on green industry issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Professional Landcare Network and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • October 24-27, 2007: 2007 Green Industry Conference and EXPO, Lexington, Kentucky.
    • October 25-26, 2007: Suzanne Porter, Industrial Hygienist, Frankfort, Kentucky Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; and Richard Taylor, Safety Specialist, Frankfort, Kentucky Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; represented the Alliance Program in PLANET's Safety Central resource area and distributed safety and health information and answered questions during the 2007 Green Industry Conference and EXPO.
    • October 27, 2007: Ron McGill, Area Director, Nashville, Tennessee and Frankford, Kentucky Area Offices, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation "OSHA Resources and the OSHA and PLANET Alliance" to green industry providers at the 2007 Green Industry Conference and EXPO.
  • June 6, 2007: Department of Labor Safety Day, Francis Perkins Building, Washington, DC.
    • PLANET representatives staffed a PLANET/OSHA Alliance exhibit booth, conducted safety demonstrations and distributed safety and health information during the Department of Labor Safety Day.
  • May 6-12, 2007: 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2007 NAOSH Week; "All Modes of Transportation." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • April 23, 2007: Department of Labor Earth Day, Francis Perkins Building, Washington, DC. PLANET representatives staffed an PLANET/OSHA Alliance exhibit booth and demonstrated ergonomically designed landscaping tools during the Department of Labor Earth Day.
  • March 28-31, 2007: 31st Annual Student Career Days, Michigan State University. Lansing, Michigan.
    • March 28-30, 2007: Cynthia Hutchens-Smith, Area Director, Region V, Lansing, Michigan Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Barry Simmonds, Occupational Safety Consultant, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Consultation, Education and Training Division; and Tom Swindlehurst, Senior Construction Safety Consultation, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Consultation, Education and Training Division; staffed the OSHA Alliance Program exhibit booth.
    • March 31, 2007: Barry Simmonds and Tom Swindlehurst, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Consultation, Education and Training Division, conducted safety inspections to ensure that the 24 competitive events at the 2007 Student Career Days were conducted safely.
  • November 1-4, 2006: Green Industry Conference, Hyatt Regency Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.
    • November 1, 3-4, 2006: Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Columbus, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA/PLANET Alliance exhibit in the PLANET Resource Center and distributed Alliance Program, compliance assistance, safety and health information and answered questions from the attendees.
  • April 6, 2006: Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kick-off, Edison Academy, Thomas A. Edison High School, Alexandria, Virginia. More than 130 safety and health professionals, teachers and students attended the kick-off event featuring speeches by OSHA's former-Assistant Secretary, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., and Alliance Program participants PLANET and SkillsUSA. In addition, OSHA and PLANET signed an Alliance renewal agreement. Sponsored by OSHA, the Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign is a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards and provide information about the hazards to young workers and their parents.
  • November 2-5, 2005: Green Industry Conference, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
    • November 2, 4-5, 2005: Rick Harris, then-Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, Joan Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Tampa, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, and Keith Brown, Safety and Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, staffed the OSHA/PLANET Alliance exhibit booth in the PLANET Resource Center. The OSHA representatives distributed Alliance Program, compliance assistance information and answered questions from the attendees.
    • November 5, 2005: Keith Brown, Safety and Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program, gave a presentation on the Consultation Program's activities in Florida and also participated in a panel discussion on the Program.
  • November 3, 2005: Green Industry Exposition, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
    • Rick Harris, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, Joan Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Tampa Area Office, Tampa, Florida, USDOL-OSHA, and Mylene Kellerman, Safety and Health Consultant, USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, staffed the OSHA-PLANET Alliance exhibit booth and distributed OSHA information and answered questions from the participants.
  • March 19-22, 2005: 29th Annual Student Career Days, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
    • March 20, 2005: Rick Harris and Earl Hicks, then-Program Analysts Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, and Dave Latham, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, staffed the OSHA-PLANET Alliance exhibit booth.
    • March 21, 2005: Dave Latham, Terricka Blenman, Greg Edelen, and Robert Fadrowski, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, conducted safety inspections to ensure that the 23 competitive events at the 2005 Student Career Days were conducted safely.
  • November 3-6, 2004: 2004 Green Industry Conference, Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina.
    • Rick Harris, then-Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the ALCA/OSHA Alliance exhibit booth.
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Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 1: Slip and Trip Injuries: This PLANET-developed tips sheet for employers and employees describes the possible causes of slip and trip injuries in the landcare industry and how the injuries could be prevented. The sheet is available in [English PDF* - 59 KB, Spanish PDF* - 97 KB].
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 2: Reducing the Risk of Lifting Injuries in the Landscape and Horticultural Industries. This PLANET-developed tips sheet for employers and employees describes possible causes of lifting injuries in the landcare industry and how the injuries could be prevented. The sheet is available in [English PDF* - 57 KB, Spanish PDF* - 106 KB].
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 3: Driving Defensively to Reduce the Risk of a Motor Vehicle Crash. This PLANET-developed tips sheet for employers and employees describes possible conditions that can cause a motor vehicle crash and offers defensive driving safety tips. The sheet is available in [English PDF* - 55 KB, Spanish PDF* - 112 KB].
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 4: Reducing the Risk of an Amputation. This PLANET-developed tips sheet for employers and employees provides information on amputations in the horticultural industry and offers safety tips for reducing the risk of amputations. The sheet is available in [English PDF* - 55 KB, Spanish PDF* - 94 KB]
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages Additional Resources
Areas of Emphasis

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