On February 23, 2004, OSHA and PLANET formed an Alliance
to provide large and small landscape industry businesses and their employees,
including but not limited to youth workers, low-literacy level, and non-English,
speaking workers, with information and guidance to help them reduce strains
caused by manual material handlings, amputations, motor vehicle crashes, as well
as slip and trip injuries. The Alliance was renewed April 6, 2006.
Because OSHA and PLANET decided to refocus the Alliance agreement, the organizations agreed to
conclude the Alliance as of February 23, 2008. Through OSHA's and PLANET's work together to meet the
agreement's goals, a number of successes resulted from the Alliance, including:
Report prepared by: Adam Brumbergs, Research Assistant, Office of Outreach Services
and Alliances, July 2, 2008.
- PLANET, and a number of other Alliance Program participants, helped support the 2007 and 2008
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Weeks. Sponsored annually by the American
Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety
Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the
- On October 27, 2007 Ron McGill, then 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
Green Industry Conference and EXPO in Lexington, Kentucky. 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.
- On April 6, 2006, Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., USDOL-OSHA and John Gibson, President,
PLANET spoke at OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kick-off event in Alexandria, Virginia. More
than 130 safety and health professionals, teachers and students attended the event.
- On November 2-5, 2005, PLANET's Green Industry Conference was held in
Orlando, Florida. On November 5, 2005, Keith Brown, Safety and Health
Consultant, University of South Florida (USF), Safety Florida On-site
Consultation Program presented an update on the On-site Consultation Program's
activities in Florida and participated in a panel discussion on the Alliance
Program. OSHA representatives staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
- On September 8, 2005, PLANET representatives participated in the Alliance Program's Small Business
Roundtable in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants provided a number
of recommendations for OSHA on how to enhance its small business compliance assistance activities
- Through the Alliance, PLANET developed a series of Safety Tips
Sheets, in English and in Spanish, for the landscaping and horticultural
industries. The following Tips Sheets were posted on PLANET’s Web site in 2005
and 2006 and linked to from the OSHA and PLANET Alliance Web page on the OSHA
Web site and the OSHA Landscape and Horticultural Services Safety and Health
- Safety Tips Sheet No. 1, Slip and Trip Injuries
- Safety Tips Sheet No. 2, Reducing the Risk of Lifting Injuries in the Landscape and Horticultural
- Safety Tips Sheet No. 3, Driving Defensively to Reduce the Risk of a Motor Vehicle Crash
- Safety Tips Sheet No. 4, Reducing the Risk of an Amputation
- Members of PLANET provided OSHA with their expertise during the agency's development of the
Landscape and Horticulture Services Safety and Health Topics page on OSHA's Web site. The Topics
page provides the public with numerous resources and information relevant to the industry.