Online Safety Community

Safety Tips for Amateur and Professional Gardeners

Gardening is an excellent way to get physically fit and if you’re a professional landscape gardener or outdoor handyman, it’s also a lovely way to earn a living. But there are a number of safety risks to consider, and, whether you’re an amateur flower gardener or professional gardener, health and safety should always be a priority.

There is plenty in the average garden to protect yourself from. With chemicals, motorised equipment, sharp objects, garden pests and the harmful rays of the sun, there are any number of things to consider. Here are our top tips to keep you healthy and safe in your garden so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour.

  1. What should you wear?

You should always wear trousers as opposed to shorts and sturdy shoes (not sandals) to prevent injuries as much as possible. When using electrical or motorised equipment, you should also wear safety goggles to protect you from flying grass, twigs, mud, stones and other debris.  

A good pair of gloves is another part of the discerning gardener’s kit to protect from cuts, skin irritations and certain contaminants. An insect repellant containing DEET will keep the bugs away, while sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or higher should always be worn when the sun is out.   

  1. Electrical safety

Electrically powered tools certainly make gardening a lot easier, but they also increase the risk of a serious accident. For that reason, when using any electrical items in the garden, it’s essential you take care. Our top tips include:

  • Using a Residual Current Device (RCD) with all outdoor electrical equipment. This is a potentially life-saving device that protects against electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fire. Here is more information on RCDs.

  • Always store equipment in a dry, safe place and check it has not been damaged or affected by the weather before use.

  • Never, never, never use electrical equipment in wet conditions.

  • Always unplug any electrical item before checking it, adjusting it or cleaning it.

  1. Cut grass, not cables!

Extra special care needs to be taken when you’re using a lawnmower, hedge trimmer or any other cutting device. One of the most important things to think about is keeping the cables and connections free from damage. You should also follow these other suggestions to stay safe:

  • Buy a good quality lawnmower from a reputable manufacturer and always be extremely wary of second-hand mowers.

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

  • Always unplug the lawn mower and wait for the blades to stop turning before performing any maintenance or cleaning glass blockages. The same applies to hedge trimmers when removing any jams.  

  • Always wear sturdy shoes when mowing the lawn

  • Always keep children well away from any garden appliance.

Follow these tips to enjoy many years of happy, healthy and safe gardening. And here are some discount vouchers for Homebase, B&Q and other retailers to help your efforts go just a little bit further.  

Views: 24

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Mark Nilson posted events
2 hours ago
Training Doyens posted an event
Thumbnail

HR Compliance 101 - For New HR And Non HR Managers at 26468 E Walker Dr, Aurora, Colorado 80016

June 26, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm
OVERVIEWKnowing what to do in increasingly complicated employee situations can be difficult for even seasoned managers, especially if a manager has never had training.For a new manager these problems are intensified.For a new HR Manager this becomes a bigger problem as HR advises not just one manager but all managers throughout an organization.WHY SHOULD YOU ATTENDBy the time an employee problem reaches HR, a level of liability has often been created. How an employer handles such problems, can…See More
3 hours ago
Training Doyens posted events
yesterday
Mark Nilson posted events
Saturday

Forum

Remote Monitoring

Get "Safe Assets and Sound Productivity" Through Remote Monitoring.Visit:…Continue

Tags: Solutions, People, IoT, Monitoring, Remote

Started by Jen McDade on Wednesday.

Python Condition Objects Tutorial in 2018 1 Reply

If you have knowledge of other programming languages, then you would know the importance of conditional statements. Conditional statements are required for taking decisions. Whenever we operate the…Continue

Tags: course, certification, training, languages, programming

Started by Elena Lauren. Last reply by Jim Chesters May 15.

Power BI Visualization Types

Visualizations in Power BI displays the visual insights from a data. In power bi service a visual can be pinned from reports to create dashboards. Visuals are used in reports.List of visualizations…Continue

Tags: COURSE, TRAINING, BI, POWER

Started by Azharuddin May 15.

Automation Anywhere. How do I pick a value from dropdown 1 Reply

Automation Anywhere. How do I pick a value from dropdown. I tried 'set text' from a copied variable. Its very slow, and also doesnt…Continue

Tags: anywhere, automation

Started by emmablisa. Last reply by venkatesh Mar 29.

Badge

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service