FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
PLANET SUPPORTS THE OSHA CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE HEAT RELATED ILLNESS AMONG OUTDOOR WORKERS
HERNDON, Va., May 15, 2012 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance partner, announces its support of the 2012 OSHA Heat Campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. The campaign provides educational resources to workers and employers about heat illnesses and how to prevent them.
Some of OSHA’s Heat Campaign Tools include:
- The OSHA Heat smartphone application for Android and iPhone (released in August 2011, it allows users to get or calculate the Heat Index for their location and provides reminders—with limited text and icons—about what to do to prevent heat illness)
- Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers (released in July 2011, it provides information on using the Heat Index to trigger specific heat-illness prevention actions at a work site with planning checklists and detailed information on work/rest schedules, acclimatization, training, and emergency planning)
- Illustrated, simple-to-understand fact sheets, in English and Spanish, for workers
- Laminated Worksites posters that illustrate key information about heat illness and promote heat safety in English and Spanish for employers and workers
- Heat Illness Quick Cards—for supervisors; and
- Cal/OSHA DVD: Water, Rest, Shade: The Work Can’t Get Done Without Them
For more information or to order OSHA Heat Campaign materials, visit osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
PLANET has been an OSHA Alliance Partner since 2004, working together to address vehicle safety issues and provide employers and employees in the landscape services industry with information on reducing and preventing exposure to material handling, and slips, trips, and fall hazards.
PLANET recently launched a new interactive safety training module, developed under a grant from OSHA, that is free and available in English or Spanish to anyone in the green industry.
For information about PLANET’s safety programs, visit landcarenetwork.org/riskmgmt/index.cfm.
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is an association representing more than 100,000 lawn and landscape professionals in the United States and Canada. PLANET member firms provide a wide range of landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation and water management, and interior plantscape services, including consultation, design, installation, and maintenance. PLANET members are dedicated to improving the environment through public service projects and responsible stewardship. PLANET promotes professionalism in the industry by providing continuing education, legislative advocacy, and administering the professional certification known as Landscape Industry Certified.
For more information about PLANET, visit LandcareNetwork.org.