New landscape H&S advice

BALI CD set to provide safety and guidance

Health hazards from electric shocks to bee stings are being highlighted in new guidance drawn up by landscape leaders. The British Association of Landscape Industries produced two “self-help” CDs because of the high-risk nature of landscaping, said chief executive David Spencer. “Health and safety is an important issue for all employers but is especially important for Landscapers when you consider the diverse range of situations they have to deal with every day,” he said. The first CD, for landscape field workforce, has details on physical and health hazards, risk assessments and legal and personal requirements on 48 health and safety subjects, such as injury from insects and electricity to working with young people. The second CD is an “interactive package” for landscape managers giving advice on dealing with potential risks, health and safety laws, control of substances, reporting injuries and writing risk assessments. BALI teamed up with the Learning and Skills Council to produce the CDS after a need for self-help was singled out at a Midlands Landscape Employers Forum held last autumn.

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