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What does a landscaper do?

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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.

What are some health and safety issues for landscapers?

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Depending on exact occupation or geographic location, the following are possible risks:

What are some preventive measures for landscapers?

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  • 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.

What are some good general safe work practices?

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  • 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
    • ladders
    • 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