OAN Safety Tips
Prevent hand and wrist injuries
The OAN Safety Committee reminds employers and workers of the importance of protecting their hands and wrists when lifting, pruning, grafting or performing other manual tasks. Injury risks increase when the worker is tired or fatigued. Workers should be very careful when using sharp instruments such as pruners, loppers and grafting knives. They should wear gloves when appropriate, and perform stretches regularly to maintain dexterity and prevent muscle or tendon injuries. For these and other tips, watch this video. These tips are compliments of the OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Mississippi State University.
Proper lifting helps prevent serious injuries
Among nursery workers, improper lifting techniques are responsible for serious back and other injuries every year. The OAN Safety Committee urges members and their employees to teach, learn and follow safe lifting to remain safe, healthy and productive. There's a series of short videos available to help you learn, courtesy of Mississippi State University, SAIF and the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Watch here: http://msucares.com/nurserysafety/index.html
Stretching reduces injury risk
The OAN Safety Committee reminds members that employees can reduce the risk of workplace injuries by doing daily stretches and exercises. Download a brochure (PDF) with several useful exercises, compliments of the OAN Safety Committee and SAIF.
Prevent slips, trips and falls
The OAN Safety Committee reminds members the mechanics of lifting and how your back works. The following safety tips are compliments of OAN Safety Committee and SAIF. Please click on the links to view: English (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
Be careful when using large equipment
The OAN Safety Committee reminds employers and workers of the importance of safe practices when using large, motorized equipment, such as tractors, wheel loaders and forklifts. Before starting the equipment, make sure it is in good working order and that you are wearing appropriate clothing. When driving equipment, always be aware of one's surroundings. And when working on the loading dock, be extra cautious to avoid collisions, falls and other potential injury situations. For these and other tips, watch this video. These tips are compliments of the OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Mississippi State University.
Use hand pallet trucks with care
Hand pallet trucks can make it much easier to move heavy loads, but they can be dangerous if not used properly. The OAN Safety Committee reminds members and their employees to be safe by following these safety tips, which are provided by the OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Ohio State University. Click here to download (PDF).
Improper use of ATVs can be dangerous on the farm
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are commonly used as transportation at nurseries, tree farms and other agricultural businesses. Though convenient, they also can be dangerous. According to Oregon OSHA, there were 104 ATV-related disability claims between 2004–2009, and 44 of those were in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The OAN Safety Committee urges members and their employees to observe safe practices when using ATVs. These ATV safety tips (PDF) are compliments of OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Oregon OSHA.
Guard against spreading germs
It's cold and flu season, and that means it's time to remind employees to prevent the spread of germs. Colds and the flu are caused by viruses that can be spread by contact when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To prevent this, sick people should stay home, and others should cover any sneezes or coughs, wash up frequently (preferably with soap and water, otherwise with sanitizer), and avoid touching their own eyes, nose or mouth. [Read more]
Be careful with chemicals and pesticides
The OAN Safety Committee reminds employers and workers of the importance of safe practices when working around hazardous chemicals and pesticides. Before using the chemicals, make you are wearing appropriate clothing and know where to look for safety information. For these and other tips, download this guide (PDF). These tips are compliments of the OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Oregon OSHA.
Keeping seasonal workers safer
Someone with a shortsighted point of view might say it isn't worth the time and expense to train workers who will only be around a short period of time. However, new employees are five times more likely to be hurt on the job. The fact is, nurseries and other businesses need seasonal workers — and that means they need to protect them. This article — compliments of SAIF and the OAN Safety Committee — offers tips on how to do that.
Take extra precautions with young workers
Younger workers — those who are 18 and under, as well as those who are new to the workplace — can be more vulnerable to workplace dangers. There are regulations in place designed to protect workers under 18, as well as policies and precautions that employers can voluntarily adopt to inform, protect and train them. The OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture suggests that employers carefully read the following brochures, which contain helpful information: Young worker safety: General Guidelines | Young worker safety: Guidelines for agriculture and landscaping