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Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, both organizations are committed to providing PLANET members and others, including youth, low-literacy level, and non-English speaking workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them 1) protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to manual material handling and slip, trip and fall hazards; and addressing motor vehicle safety issues, and 2) understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The Alliance's goals include:

Raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
  • To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To encourage Landscape Contractors' participation in workplace safety and health education by providing specific OSHA approved safety documentation to employees and employers.
Outreach and communication:
  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the PLANET's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PLANET's conferences, local meetings, or other events to achieve safety hazard awareness.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PLANET's good practices or effective approaches on safety through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by PLANET.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the 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. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • October 24-26, 2012: Green Industry Conference and EXPO, Louisville, Kentucky.
    • October 25, 2012: Chuck Stribling, Kentucky OSHA, participated in the "Breakfast with Champions" and staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs".
  • March 22-25, 2012: PLANET 36th Annual Student Career Days, Manhattan, Kansas.
    • March 23-24, 2012: A Representative from OSHA - Region VII - Wichita Area City Area Office staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
  • October 27-29, 2011: Green Industry Conference, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health representatives staffed an exhibit booth during the conference. Also, Chuck Stribling, Kentucky-OSHA, participated in a "Safety Panel Discussion."
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. 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 workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."
  • March 17-19, 2011: PLANET 35th Annual Student Career Days, Joliet, Illinois.
    • March 18, 2011: A representative from OSHA Region V - Calumet City Area Office staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Gasoline Powered Cut-off Machines Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing general safety tips to help prevent injuries to those working with gasoline powered cut-off machines. (2008, November, Updated 2009, March).
  • Interior Plantscaping General Safety Tips Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing general safety tips to help prevent injuries during interior plantscaping activities. (2012, November; Spanish translation; 2013, January).
  • Interior Plantscaping Ladder Safety Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing general safety tips and best practices to help prevent injuries when using ladders to maintain plants that are above shoulder level in plantscaping. (2010, October; Spanish translation 2011, December).
  • Leaving a Job Site in the Middle of a Landscape Design/Build Installation Project English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a fact sheet providing safety tips for leaving a job site, including information related to site access and security, slipping/tripping hazards, and equipment and materials. (2012, November; Spanish translation March 2013).
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Mixing Chemicals in Lawn Care Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing the best practices for personal protective equipment when mixing chemicals in lawn care. (2008, November, Updated March, 2009).
  • Preventing Injuries to your Eyes and Ears in Landscaping Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing general safety tips to help prevent injuries to eyes and ears during landscaping operations. (2012, November; Spanish Translation 2013, January).
  • Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries in Interior Plantscaping English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card providing general safety information on how interior plantscaping workers can prevent and reduce the severity of repetitive motion injuries. (2013, September; Spanish translation October 2013).
  • Roadside Safety English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card providing general safety information on how to work next to motor vehicle traffic during landscaping projects, including the use worker safety apparel and temporary traffic safety barriers. (2013, September; Spanish translation November 2013).
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 1: Slip and Trip Injuries English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). 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. (2006, June).
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 2: Reducing the Risk of Lifting Injuries in the Landscape and Horticultural Industries English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). 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. (2006, June).
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 3: Driving Defensively to Reduce the Risk of a Motor Vehicle Crash English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). 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. (2006, June).
  • Safety Tips Sheet No. 4: Reducing the Risk of an Amputation English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). 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. (2006, June).
  • Using Small Equipment Safely in Landscaping Card English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and PLANET Alliance, PLANET developed a card describing general safety tips to help prevent injuries to those working with small equipment in landscaping. (2008, November, Updated 2009, March).
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Additional Resources
  • PLANET/OSHA Alliance page

¤ Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


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