New safety guidelines ‘could save lives’ on golf courses
A new website has been launched to help staff at golf clubs understand their responsibilities around health and safety.
The online platform contains information and guidance on all aspects of golf course management and maintenance, covering areas such as: roles and responsibilities; legislation; greenkeeping safety; events; clubhouse management; establishing a health and safety management system.
It has been launched by the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) and created by the Xact Group.
“The aim of the newly-published guidance notes has been to give anyone at a golf club, or associated with a golf club, an overview of their roles and responsibilities towards health and safety and best practice,” said GTC Chairman Alistair Booth.
“With increasingly-complex machinery and other tools being used on golf courses, these guidelines are hugely important in ensuring all involved in the management of a golf club understand their specific responsibility in keeping staff and golfers safe,” added Mr Booth.
“As such, if these new guidelines are followed correctly, they could save lives or at least reduce the risk of serious incidents taking place around the golf course environment.”
Last year, the GTC’s Board of Directors commissioned a review of the highly-acclaimed Health and Safety Guidance Notes.
The GTC first worked together with the HSE in 1994 to produce the first edition of the Health and Safety in Golf Course Management and Maintenance booklet.
By 2000, the health and safety consultants to the GTC, Jon Allbutt and John Davies, were commissioned to review the materials, in line with the many changes in legislation that were happening at that time.
While much of the guidance and best practice was still relevant, the GTC felt it appropriate to review and update and refresh the look and accessibility of the guidance notes.
The GTC consulted with Chris Hammond, health and safety director at The Xact Group, to build on what has been produced before and help to design and implement a web-based platform.
The Xact Group work with BIGGA, England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf in the build and support of their health and safety online systems and provision of additional onsite health and safety and human resources services to member clubs.