Golf Course Safety, Risk Assessment, Hazards, and Controls

Golf Course Safety


Golf Course Risk Assessment

A golf course risk assessment is going to determine what risks golf course and club staff face while working. In some cases, this includes restaurant and bar personnel, in others it includes only the grounds and shop maintenance personnel. Nevertheless, a risk assessment should be conducted at least annually and may include (but is not limited to) the following items:
  1. Is personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to all employees?
  2. Is PPE, tools, and equipment inspected routinely an fixed or replaced as needed
  3. Are new hires trained to know the hazards associated with their specific job?
  4. Are employees taught the correct and safe procedures for each specific task they are required to do?
  5. Is someone at the golf course responsible for ensuring implementation of a safety program?

There are many possible items you might want to include in the risk assessment. These are just a few common ones.


Golf Course Safety Hazards

What hazards are associated with golf courses and employee activities while working at a golf course?

Golf course safety hazards may vary depending on how large your course is and on what amenities it offers to visitors. Here are some of the most basic safety hazards you are likely to find on a golf course though:

  1. Cuts and abrasions from maintenance tools and equipment
  2. Flying debris in eye from lawn maintenance
  3. Attacks by insects, rodents, snakes, and other wildlife
  4. Struck by golf balls while working downrange
  5. Commonly reported hazards for kitchen, bar, and restaurant service if available

Golf Course Safety Controls

Once all hazards have been identified for your golf course environment and operations, hazard controls should be implemented in order to prevent harm to employees. Here are some controls you might consider:
  1. Require proper PPE at all times while performing lawn maintenance
  2. Require all new employees to undergo safety training for the job they will do
  3. Restrict access to areas and equipment to prevent unauthorized employees from performing activities they are not trained or permitted to perform
  4. Conduct weekly or monthly safety meetings to raise overall safety awareness among employees

Golf Course Safety Manual

All of the above mentioned element could be summed up in a single document called a golf course safety manual. The manual should deal with all aspects of safety and how it applies to your golf course and golf club. It is often required by state, federal, insurance, or other entities who want to measure your golf courses safety performance. You might consider trying our golf course safety manual and never worry about it again!
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