Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation – Fact Sheet 1 The toolbox provides a central information hub for growers. Growers can use this toolbox to find information based on a particular farm activity or issue including: 1. Getting the basics right … Continued
Understanding the nature of fire is crucial to applying appropriate farm and risk management techniques to protect your greenhouse or grow structure. Each growing activity should be considered in these structures. Fire is dependent on the presence of three elements; heat, oxygen … Continued
Working at heights Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces. Fall hazards are found in protected cropping environments by working on roofs, operating machinery for maintenance, and loading and unloading trucks.
Many greenhouses are relatively isolated from the nearest fire station and may lack adequate water supply to fight structural fires. As protected cropping structures become larger and evolve from low technology greenhouses to medium or high technology greenhouses the risk of faults in equipment … Continued
Growers can control the greenhouse climate including light levels, temperature and humidity. These variables can impact plant quality, yield and the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Diffuse light through cladding and membranes plays an important role in increased and uniform productivity.
The main potential disasters facing greenhouse growers in Australia include catastrophic fire, high winds, storms and hail. The most effective way to manage risk relating to these potential disasters is the emergency management spectrum, which includes prevent, prepare, respond and recover.
Greenhouse Environment Control Considerations provides an introduction to the many options available in greenhouse controls. This document was prepared by NGMA members to familiarize you with the control technology available from our members, and assist in understanding the value of environment controls … Continued
Insect and mite pests of greenhouse-grown horticultural crops are primarily suppressed with pesticides, in this case insecticides and miticides. However, many insect (and even mite) pests possess the inherent ability to evolve (or adapt) to various human disturbance factors such … Continued
Greenhouse owners and managers should work in close co-operation with their staff to ensure that all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and environmental control equipment have been serviced and are ready for use once spring production is in full swing.
Health and safety is good business. A commitment to health and safety is one of the best ways for a nursery or greenhouse business to protect its greatest resource — its people.