NYN8047 - An Analysis of Hazardous Plants in the Australian Nursery Industry

Hazardous plant may pose a genuine health and safety issue for workers in the horticultural industry and clients who purchase such plants. Consequently, there could be a potential legal and ethical issue associated with the production and sale of hazardous plants. The Australian Nursery Industry has no formal information to show whether there is a problem or, if a problem exists, the nature of it, how many people may be affected and how many plants are involved. The aims of this study were to research the existence of any hazardous Plant Policies throughout the world., to determine and document the size and nature of the problem in Australia of the production and sale of hazardous plant by the nursery industry and to provide information so that the nursery industry peak body can ascertain the need for a policy relating to such plants.