November 14, 2018
Marsh Consulting, in cooperation with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), and Landscape Ontario, recently released a new document containing guidelines to help Landscape Ontario’s snow and ice maintenance professionals to facilitate a consistent approach for the management of common risks.

The Snow & Ice Operations Risk Management Guidelines was produced by Marsh Risk Consulting to support Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) and all associated provincial association members in the development of risk management programs with respect to snow and ice maintenance operations.

The guidelines will become the basis for widely-distributed education campaign to ensure best practices for snow and ice removal operations. The guidelines can also be used as a self-assessment tool by snow and ice operation professionals.

The collaborative development process included seeking input on scope and performance aspects of the tool from various CNLA members, and referencing various resources, codes and standards, namely:
  • Smart About Salt Council (SASC).
  • Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA).
  • Environment Canada (Best management practices for salt use on private roads, parking lots and sidewalks).
  • Transportation Association of Canada (Syntheses of Best Practices Road Salt Management).
  • Conservation Ontario and Ontario Good Roads Association.

The guidelines are intended to be a simple and practical tool to assist users in effectively identifying, prioritizing, and managing / mitigating potential risks. Applying the outlined process will also serve to broaden the knowledge and understanding of risks. In addition, using a consistent approach will support the sharing of risk management strategies between CNLA members. This guide was designed with a process emphasis, hence is structured to be applicable at any stage of snow and ice maintenance activities. It is also intended to be complementary to current CNLA / Landscape Ontario tools and reference materials that also contribute input to managing risk.

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario and Marsh Risk Consulting would like to recognize the following organizations and individuals for their valuable time and professional input throughout the development of this Snow & Ice Operations Risk Management Guide: Jon Agg, Pristine Property Maintenance; Gerald Boot, Boots Landscaping; Megan Campbell, Marsh Canada; Lee Gould, Smart About Salt Council; Eric Hodgins, Region of Waterloo; Mark Humphries, Humphries Landscape Services; Robert Kennaley, Kennaley Construction Law; Jim Monk, Markham Property Services Limited; Luke Pallister, Marsh Risk Consulting; Brian Perras, BP Landscaping; Jamie Perras, BP Landscaping; Robert Roszell, Tuff Tech Bags; Terry Nicholson, Clintar.

The guidelines can be downloaded below for contractors to customize.

Post publication note: The Snow & Ice Operations Risk Management Guidelines is no longer available for general distribution. The document is available only to members of Landscape Ontario and Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. The Guidelines are available upon request by contacting either association, or by logging on via the Landscape Ontario member portal.