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Date: May 13, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Developed in Cooperation with Professional Landcare Network
WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled a new safety and health topics page today that provides web-based assistance for workers and employers in the landscape and horticultural services industry. The page is a product of OSHA's Alliance with the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
"This new page provides useful information and guidance that will help foster a safer work environment for thousands of workers throughout the industry," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "It's a perfect example of how an effective Alliance can leverage our joint resources to improve worker safety and health."
Employers and workers can access information to develop and implement comprehensive safety and health programs, and link to sites that identify the most common industry hazards and possible solutions to those hazards. The page also provides employer and employee resources for Spanish speaking workers and youth workers in the industry.
The various landscape and horticultural services are organized into three main segments; landscape design, landscape planting and construction, and lawn maintenance and tree care. Each service category includes information on the most frequently cited OSHA standards, and the standards that apply to each service area.
The Topics page also includes a link to a new Safety Tips Sheet (in English and Spanish) developed through the Alliance that provides information on slip and trip injuries common in the landscape and horticultural services industry.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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