These Best Management Practices are recommendations informing safe operations for BC Landscapers. They’re a compilation of resources of Canadian and British Columbian government websites provided to us by the BCLNA (British Columbia Landscape and Nursery Association).
Safety protocols Pika Landscapes is committed to practicing
- Staff maintain minimum 2m distance from all coworkers, staff, public and clients
- Max 3 crew members per truck. All to be wearing masks when in vehicles. This protocol is relaxed for individuals that reside in the same household (e.g. if two people live together, they’re put on the same crew and travel in a truck together).
- All staff head directly to job sites instead of meeting at our central works yard each morning
- No intermixing of crew members. Crews remain fixed.
- Only Crew Leads enter work yard storage bins and office trailer
- All trucks are equipped with hand washing station
- No Sharing of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). All staff provisioned with personal ear plugs and eye protection.
- All meetings (between clients, sub trades etc) will be held virtually or outdoors at a safe distance
- All staff bring a packed lunch to work to avoid unnecessary exposure to Covid-19 in public places.
- Any staff with flu-like symptoms must not report to work
Why we’re working
- It’s our job to ensure gardens are healthy and continue to thrive. Plants keep growing and if not regularly maintained, the cost to restore managed gardens later will be much larger than the cost to maintain now.
- A well-maintained landscape contributes to peoples’ happiness and well-being, particularly important when people are isolated
- Public safety is another aspect of our work; overgrown lawns and gardens provide cover for pests or vermin, as well as increase the crime rate
- To create jobs in a work environment where working at an appropriate distance from others is possible.