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Under the label "landscaper" we are referring to gardeners, greenskeepers, lawn care specialists and horticultural workers. They can work in businesses or homes, indoors or outdoors. Landscapers usually work for a landscaping company, or as a municipal employee maintaining city parks.
Some of the main duties of a landscaper are to:
- Plan, create and maintain landscaped environments, which may include flowers, plants, trees, lawns, fences, decks, patios or water features.
- Prepare and spray chemical mixtures using various types of equipment.
- Operate powered equipment and hand tools.
Depending on exact occupation or geographic location, the following are possible risks:
- Exposure to infectious human and animal waste.
- Irritation or allergic reaction from plants, or from insect bites or stings.
- West Nile virus, Lyme disease or rocky mountain spotted fever.
- Histoplasmosis from bird droppings.
- Hantavirus from mouse droppings.
- Exposure to pesticides and other hazardous products.
- Pain or injury from working in awkward positions, lifting and carrying heavy objects.
- Exposure to extreme temperatures and weather (e.g., lightning).
- Driving, including use of mobile devices, and driving in winter.
- Exposure to UV radiation (risk of skin cancer from sunlight).
- Work with landscaping machinery, manual and power tools, chainsaws, and ladders.
- Working near electrical lines.
- Working with flammable products (e.g., fuel).
- Working alone.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Remove contaminated clothing and footwear to avoid transferring chemicals to your home or other "clean" spaces.
- Wash contaminated items before re-wearing or discarding.
- Read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each chemical used.
- Keep your limbs covered to avoid insect bites.
- Protect yourself from the sun and from extreme heat or cold.
- Learn safe lifting techniques.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Know how to safely use equipment and tools.
- Practice safe lifting techniques.
- Work safely with equipment, tools, and ladders.
- Follow SDS recommendations when working with chemicals.
- Follow safety procedures when working with:
- pesticides or other products
- power tools and other equipment
- machinery including lawnmowers, vehicles, chainsaws, etc.
- Use, maintain and store personal protective equipment according to manufacturers' recommendations.
- Stay hydrated to avoid heat stress.
- Know the signs of an insect bite and how to identify ticks.
- Follow company safety rules.
- Know how to report a hazard.
- Follow good housekeeping procedures.
- Fact sheet last revised: 2021-01-08