Landscaping Safety Course
Landscaping Safety Course: Outline
- Introduction to landscaping equipment
- How the machines operate
- Machine stability
- Safe equipment operation
- General operation
- Equipment hazards
- Pedestrian hazards
Landscaping Safety Course – General Safety Tips
- Ensure you are trained to use the landscaping tools and equipment safely and you understand all the real and potential job hazards.
- Know how to report unsafe working conditions or unsafe equipment to your supervisor.
- Take regular breaks when doing strenuous work. Frequent shorter breaks are better than longer breaks further apart.
- Be aware of emergency telephone numbers to call.
- Know the location of the first aid kit and how to use the contents.
- Use insect repellents or protective clothing as needed.
- Be aware and alert if you could encounter unfriendly domestic animals or wild animals.
- Carry an EpiPen or bee sting kit if there is a chance of developing a severe allergic reaction. Make sure your supervisor and co-workers are trained to assist you if needed.
- Always wear respiratory protection masks if you clean up waste, leaves or dust that may contain mouse or bird droppings.
- Be aware of the presence of ticks and be aware of Lyme disease. Seek medical attention if you have been bitten by a tick.
- Be aware of mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile virus as mosquitoes can carry this disease.
- Be alert to expected weather conditions and plan accordingly such as where to seek shelter if severe weather is encountered.
- If working outdoors in hot climates, always use the proper level of sunscreen protection. Consider have a shaded area nearby to take breaks. If working in colder weather, take your breaks in heated areas.
- If working with pesticides, always wash your hands thoroughly before eating or using the washroom or working with different tools.