New Tree Planting Safety Information Package

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Infographic, statistical trends, hazard alert, and safety talks

Forestry 033A Tree Planting Safety Information Package - Please download and share

Infographic showing health and safety statistics for Ontario tree plantersThe new Tree Planting Safety Information Package includes a health and safety snapshot of the tree planting sector in Ontario, emerging statistical trends, ATV hazard alert, and safety discussion topics regarding injury prevention and safe travel on logging roads.

Related Ontario health and safety training programs Official online health and safety training for Ontario tree planters is mobile-friendly. Participants can log in to the course from anywhere with an Internet connection, and managers can access administrative features from their preferred device. Upon successful completion of the quizzes in all modules, a certificate is issued to confirm successful completion of the training.  For more information, please visit or contact Benefits of online training:

  • Orientation training completed before going out to remote worksites
  • Awareness of the main risks and hazards in the tree-planting sector
  • Knowledge on how to effectively prepare yourself for the physical challenges of tree planting
  • Awareness of the high potential for severe injury when travelling on remote logging roads

WHMIS 1988-WHMIS 2015 
(Disponible en français)
Ontario workers must be trained on both WHMIS 1988 and 2015 until Dec. 1, 2018, and this new WHMIS1988-WHMIS2015 course, jointly designed by Ontario’s four designated health and safety associations, includes information on both old and new WHMIS versions to ensure all Ontario workplace health and safety programs meet legal training standards. The half-day course reviews specific requirements for hazard identification and product classification for any workplace that uses, handles, stores or disposes of hazardous materials. 

Safe Travel on Logging Roads
(Disponible en français)
This half-day classroom training course reviews the hazards of driving company, personal or recreational vehicles on logging roads. It covers the unique physical nature of these roads, how to travel safely on them, and how to prepare a vehicle and driver for travelling on them. Divided into five modules , the course covers the following topics: characteristics and types of logging roads, duties and rights of workers, types of vehicles travelling on logging roads and legislation, safe, defensive, and seasonal driving practices, components of a circle check, and radio communication systems. 

Safety Talks: Preventing Injuries, and Safe Travel on Logging Roads
Communication is key to a healthy and safe workplace 

Tree planting is physically challenging work over rough terrain and in extreme weather. Top hazards include physical pains and strains, as well being struck by equipment and objects, such as tree branches and limbs. Travelling in these remote areas on logging roads also presents a challenge. Review the infographic on the front cover keeping in mind statistics do not reflect close calls and near-misses – sometimes the only difference between a warning and traumatic injury can be a matter of inches.

Regular safety talks help raise awareness and prevent injury and illness on the job. Safety talks are an informal presentation on a specific subject by a person chosen to lead the session, followed by a group discussion of the topic, how it applies in your workplace, and what it means to the people who work there. Communication is key – workers are encouraged to raise questions and concerns.

Related Official online health and safety training for Ontario tree planters

Into the wild: Tree planting in northern Ontario

Physical Demands Analysis - Tree Planting