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Health & Safety Policy

We value both our clients and our staff and it’s paramount to us that we always work to prevent injury or damage on all our work sites.

We’re proud of the extensive health and safety measures we have in place, and the culture of safety we have built for our company. We are also designated as a WorkWell-compliant company with the WSIB, a rigorous standard that is not commonly achieved in the landscaping industry.

Central to our program is the Internal Responsibility System, where every employee is a recognized part of the overall health and safety of our environment. No one person is responsible – each person needs to create and maintain a safe workplace. Our working motto is “Safety starts with me.”

Other components of our program include:

  • Safety training – from new hire safety orientations to certifications with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and landscapesafety.com
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee – to continually monitor and improve the work environment.
  • Wellness Program – to promote employee health and injury prevention.
  • Employee Assistance Program – offering work-life assistance.
  • Health Spending Account – monies set aside for employee access should health-related needs arise.
  • Safety Recognition Program – encouraging safe behaviour in a fun way, with prizes, gift certificates and pizza!

Environmental Policy

Respect for the environment is at our core.
After all, it’s our workplace…and our canvas.

Gelderman Landscape Services is committed to environmental stewardship. Attention to our natural world plays a prominent role in how we conduct ourselves in business, with our customers, staff, community, and suppliers. Here are some examples of how we put it into action:

  • Employee education – employees are trained in safety, waste reduction and the proper use and application of products.
  • Landscape design – consideration is given to the amount of green space, trees and native plants in our landscape designs. All help to reduce CO2 levels and increase the levels of oxygen.
  • Organic waste – grass clippings and brush are recycled at our yard, an effective and practical use of waste.
  • Non-organic waste – job site waste is minimized and recycled wherever possible.
  • Equipment – lawn mowing equipment is fuel-injected and equipped with catalytic converters which eliminates more than 95% of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides.
  • Equipment maintenance – equipment lines are well maintained and replaced every five years.
  • Equipment operation – only clean-burning fuels are used to reduce emissions.
  • Products – natural product alternatives are used.
  • Environmental Program for Healthy Lawns pro-active soil care and alternatives to pesticides are promoted.
  • Employee awareness – environmental awareness is encouraged among our employees as well as working in an environmentally friendly manner.