Employee Safety in the Landscape

by Donald Bottger | TLE Seminar


Seminar Dates: September 20, 2023 8:00 AM

Seminar Cost: $45 Register for Seminar

Seminar Description:
Providing and maintaining a safe working environment is a responsibility of both the employer and the employee. Occupational safety is more than safe equipment; it is creating and maintaining a culture of safe working procedures that ensure worker safety. According to OSHA, Grounds & Landscape Maintenance is in the top 20 most dangerous occupations. Grounds maintenance workers experienced a fatal injury rate of 18 per 100,000 workers in 2019, accounting for 229 deaths that year.

It is essential to understand the risks involved with landscape and grounds maintenance operations. Join Donald Bottger, Director of Venue Operations at the San Diego Convention Center as he details OSHA regulations, illness/injury prevention, and hazardous communication plans.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand employee safety responsibilities at all levels (entry senior management)
2. Learn how to build a culture centered on employee safety
3. Understand the various municipal, state and federal regulations that govern employee safety

Donald Bottger

Donald is the Director of Venue Operations at the San Diego Convention Center, where he leads the Cleaning, Building and Grounds Divisions. Donald has over 30 years of experience managing Engineering and Facilities Departments at the Convention Center as well as a Tribal Casino and a local Urban Retail Shopping Mall. Donald is a Certified Grounds Manager, Certified Arborist and a long-term holder of a pesticide applicator license in the State of California. The US Department of Labor has authorized Donald as an OSHA outreach trainer. Donald is the Past President and current Treasurer of the Professional Grounds Management Society. Donald is also a past board member of the GIE Expo, which is the largest Horticultural Expo in the United States.