misses, then open the conversation to participants to share their personal experiences so that everyone can identify them in their own business practices and learn from them. “It was excellent. Our instructor interjected stories and relatable events into everything he was teaching in order to show the attendees how important what he was teaching was,” Woolcott says. “Many of them told me afterward how they wanted their other employees and/ or co-workers to attend the next one we host because they learned so much about how many things they weren’t doing properly. I know that they all went home and implemented new ideas they learned in the class right away. Furthermore, now that they know what OSHA is expecting of them, they will be prepared should an inspector make a visit.” Kindergan appreciated not only the material, but also the delivery. Far from a dry lecture or boring video train- ing, the live classroom experience brought the training to a whole new level. His team attended a New Jersey course taught by Rex Bishop, Ph.D., an NALP-approved and OSHA-authorized, 10-hour course instructor. “Rex was a slam dunk,” Kindergan says. “I go to a lot of classes and see a lot of speakers. I’ve been doing this about 32 years, and to have an instructor like that … he was fantastic. He was a nice guy, and he offered up his time at lunch to further explain things. He also was fairly jovial during the class. He made the presentation very intriguing and very interesting and still got the point across.”

MAKING SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY The 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Course for the Landscape Industry is a great step in solidifying safety as a business focal point and making it clear to your company, your crew, your clients and your business partners that you intend to have a safe, compliant and efficient organization.

“Don’t hesitate—take the class. You can’t afford not to,” Kindergan says. “In our team meetings where manag- ers meet every Wednesday, safety is a priority. We align it by plugging into an association like NALP or the state association. You can also bring in

speakers for education. Dig into your budget and make it a point to get training.” The 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Course for the Landscape Industry is one of the most important courses you can send your employees to and take yourself, says Woolcott. “The concepts included in the course could easily be used as new employee onboard training, as well as to update existing employees and get them excited again,” she says. “Invest in your employees and offer them this training. You won’t regret it.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: NALP brings the 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety Course for the Landscape Industry to locations nationwide throughout the year. The association can also bring the 10-hour OSHA Construc- tion Safety Course for the Landscape Industry directly to landscape contracting firms. The cost for the program typically runs from $125 to $135 per student. The cost for a company to host the course at its facility runs $3,500 to $4,000 for up to 40 participants. Contact Amy Easterday at for more information. Also, check NALP’s coure landing page to see upcoming dates and locations at

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