Plant nurseries have specific health and safety challenges.
There are around 1800 workers in plant nurseries in NSW, part of a multi-billion dollar industry nationally. So anything we can do to improve safety for workers will benefit a lot of people.
The most common injuries affecting plant nursery workers are sprains and strains to the lower back and shoulders caused by manual handling.
These can be painful for the worker and each claim can cost the business an average of $5000.
Watch our short video to learn how to best protect you and your workers from extreme heat.
See our industry action plan on what you can do to make your plant nursery safer for workers.
We also have advice on other issues effecting plant nurseries, including:
- manual handling
- sun exposure and heat stress
- exposure to hazardous chemicals and changing to GHS
- working safely near machinery or plant
- working with forklifts
We are working with the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of NSW & ACT to promote work health and safety in your industry.
We have run four free PErforM (Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks) workshops. PErforM helps define what hazardous manual tasks are; helping you reduce sprains and strains from happening. Contact the ergonomics team on 13 10 50 for more information.
All plant nurseries in NSW can register for a free advisory visit from us. We can provide you with simple tips on making your workplace safer.
By completing the PerforM program or signing up for a free advisory visit, your business may be eligible for a $500 small business rebate to help you make your business safer.
Take a look at our current safety webinars. Free to watch, they cover a range of topics and are regularly updated.
We also have a range of safety information on our YouTube channel covering a range of topic such as: