FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
PLANET PARTICIPATES IN THE DOL’S NATIONAL SAFETY DAY
HERNDON, Va., June 19, 2012 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) participated in the annual U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Safety Day on June 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C. This marked the 6th year that PLANET has participated in the event as part of its alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
This year’s Safety Day, coordinated by OSHA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, was themed “Defy Distraction – Stay Alert! Don’t Get Hurt!” PLANET hosted a booth, shared safety information and resources with DOL staff, and answered questions on lawn and landscape care.
The purpose of Safety Day is to underscore the importance of daily vigilance and practice of safety procedures, at home and work, in support of the DOL’s efforts to prevent employee injuries and illnesses. The DOL also focuses on safety and health precautions that employees can take at work, home, and in the community.
“This event is a great learning opportunity for our association on a topic that is so vital to the green industry,” said PLANET CEO, Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CMP. “Another great example of the benefit of the PLANET OSHA Alliance.”
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.
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.