Your greenkeepers are at risk from player misjudgements every time they traverse the course, but also face special risks, due to the nature of their work. When your Gauntlet Golf health and safety consultant visits you, they will be assessing risks with some specific legislation in mind, including the:
- Work at Height Regulations 2005
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation 1998
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
- Supply of Machinery (Safety) (Amendment) Regulation 1994
- Control of Vibration at work Regulations 2005
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1978
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
We will examine aspects such as whether your greenkeepers have the right protective equipment for their job, whether that is ear defenders, helmets, respirators, goggles or safety shoes. We shall also consider the training that your greenkeepers receive, whether any are exposed as lone workers, whether equipment such as cherry pickers is used correctly and whether the correct guards and safety rules are followed in relation to equipment including ride-on mowers, chain saws, strimmers and angle grinders.
Our in-depth analysis will also cover your golf club’s workshops and stores, to assess what is stored, how it is stored and whether this presents any risks. The presence of any combustible, asphyxiating or hazardous substances will be noted and we shall check that you have the necessary Comprehensive Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) health assessments in place.
Your golf course’s greenkeepers are a valuable resource that you have a duty to protect. To find out how best to do this, please call Gauntlet Golf’s health and safety team on 0113 244 8686 / firstname.lastname@example.org.