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>Groundskeepers Safety Guide

Table of Contents

Section I

Basic Rules of Safety

  1. The Law Says
  2. Elements of On-The-Job Safety
  3. Safety Tips for New Employees
  4. Safety Tips for Supervisors


Section II

Maintaining a High Standard of Safety

  1. Safety Inspections
  2. Accident Investigation and Reporting
  3. First Aid


Section III


  1. General Precautions
  2. Equipment
  3. Shovelling and Digging
  4. Manual Materials Handling
  5. Garden Tractors
  6. Power Lawn Mowers
  7. Riding Lawn Mowers
  8. Grass Trimmers and Brush Cutters
  9. Compact Loaders
  10. Snow Throwers
  11. Machinery Hazards
  12. Tree Trimming
  13. Pesticides÷Precautions
  14. Pesticides÷Personal Protective Equipment
  15. Truck Start-Up÷"The Circle Check"
  16. Waste Management
  17. Infectious Waste


Section IV

Personal Protective Equipment

  1. PPE Checklist
  2. Safety Glasses
  3. Safety Footwear
  4. Hard Hats
  5. Hearing Protection


Section V

Electrical Safety

  1. Basic Electrical Safety
  2. Electric Power Lines


Section VI

Chain Saws

  1. Safe Use of Chain Saws
  2. Kickback
  3. Basic Chain Saw Operations
  4. Maintenance and Service
  5. Handling, Transportation and Storage
  6. Personal Protective Equipment


Section VII

Safety Guidelines for the Work Environment

  1. Chemical Safety
  2. Noise
  3. Fire Safety
  4. Substances from Trees and Plants
  5. Vibration
  6. Ultraviolet Radiation (UV)
  7. Working in Hot Environments
  8. Bites and Stings
  9. Hantavirus
  10. Mites, Chiggers and Ticks
  11. Working in Cold Environments


Section VIII

Health and Safety Legislation

  1. Canadian OH&S Legislation
  2. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  3. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  4. US Occupational Safety and Health Legislation


Section IX

Information Sources

  1. Canadian Government Departments with Responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety
  2. US Federal Safety and Health Agencies
  3. State Occupational Safety and Health Plans