At Akehurst, we take great pride in making sure our employees receive constant training to keep them up-to-date and knowledgeable on safety practices, job site information, best practices and much, much more. We strive to maintain a safe, happy and healthy work environment with the best trained employees.
We take safety seriously
Akehurst's Safety & Training Program
Daily Tailgate Training: Team Leaders gather the crew around the vehicle and discuss safe work practices prior to starting the job.
Tuesday Morning Team Training: Held at 6:00 AM every Tuesday. All employees required to attend. Topics Include:
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Seasonal Safety Aspects
- Equipment Training
- Horticultural Best Practices
- Plant of the Week
- Industry Updates for IPM are reviewed weekly
Monthly Job Site Safety Inspections: Random job site inspections held to check crews for safe work practices
Fleet & Equipment Safety Inspections: Inspections held by Fleet Maintenance Team are completed daily, weekly, monthly and annually.
Safety Review Committee: When accidents happen, a safety review committee investigates to determine proper training needs to avoid potential problems in the future
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA): JHA is created and updated for every aspect of every task to determine safe practices for employee well being. The JHA identifies the task, associated risks, prevention and training measures to perform the task
Global Harmonizing System (GHS): The GHS is in place and in effect for employee safety and training.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): Our SOPs are reviewed and updated annually for efficient Employee efforts.
Employee Certifications: Employees are trained and encouraged to obtain certification for the following:
- CLT Certified Landscape Technician
- CPH Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist
- ASM Advanced Snow Management
- CSP Certified Snow Professional
- CPR and First Aid Training
- OSHA 10 or 30 hour Certification
Safety Award Program: Employees with zero reported injuries are celebrated annually.
Career Training Ladder: The Career Training Ladder is used to give guidance to employee self improvement toward achieving a higher classification or leadership level. It also acts as a tool to track excellence and growth with career oriented employees.