Landscape and Horticultural Services
Landscape and horticultural services encompass a wide range of services. Included in this category are companies engaged in landscape design and architecture; soil preparation and grading; irrigation systems; tree, shrub and lawn planting; hardscape construction including: retaining walls, pathways and patios; lawn care and landscape maintenance; arborist services including tree trimming and line clearance.
Many workers in the landscaping and horticulture services industries are Hispanic. OSHA requires that employers conduct all required training of workers in a language and vocabulary workers can understand. OSHA's Spanish-Language Compliance Assistance Resources page identifies Spanish-language outreach resources and details how employers can work cooperatively with OSHA.
Hazards and Solutions
Helps identify potential hazards and possible solutions to specific activities within the landscape and horticultural services industry.
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.
Provides information related to the three main segments of this industry --- Landscape Design and Consultation, Landscape Installation and Maintenance, and Tre Pruning and Arboriculture.
- Tree Care Work: Falls and Falling Object Hazards (EPUB | MOBI). OSHA Hazard Bulletin (OSHA HB-3731), (2014). Also available in Spanish (EPUB | MOBI).
- Hazards of Operating Unguarded Stone Cutters and Splitters in Landscaping and Other Worksites. OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (January 2013).
- Profile: Landscape and Horticultural Services (PDF). OSHA. Provides information for SIC Code 078 - Landscaping and Horticultural Services, including Bureau of Labor Statistics, top 10 cited standards, and potential industry hazards.
- Young Workers: Landscaping - Plant Your Feet on Safe Ground! OSHA, (April 2006). Provides the young worker with some safety working tips in the areas of general safety, and recommendations to prevent injury from sun-ultraviolet radiation-heat, pesticides, electrical hazards, noise and injuries to the eye.