Golf Courses

In the case of most Golf Clubs there will usually be 4 main areas to consider for health and safety:

  • The Clubhouse and employees
  • The Greenkeeper's sheds and employees
  • The Driving range
  • The Professional

For further information contact theĀ Greenkeepers Training Committee

With each it may be easier to develop policies including details of risk assessments for the separate working areas particularly if there are self-employed people associated with the club, for example, the Professional or the Caterer. The health and safety policy document consists of 3 main parts:

  • The general policy statement
  • The organisation and responsibilities for carrying out the policy
  • The arrangements for ensuring health and safety of employees

Accident Arrangements

  • Details of the first aid facilities and trained members of staff
  • Accident book location
  • Reporting procedures under RIDDOR
  • Contacts at the nearest hospital or GP

Fire Safety Arrangements

  • Fire precautions and procedures for staff to take in the event of a fire
  • Fire escape routes
  • Contacts at the fire department
  • Details on inspection procedures to ensure fire safety


  • Identification of person(s) responsible for training
  • Details of the specific training and supervision required for each job
  • Information on the methods of identifying training requirements
  • Details on the type and the location of training records

Hazardous Substances

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Location of COSHH data sheets for substances, these may include pesticides, petrol, cleaning chemicals, acetone, glue, oil, exposure to bacterial agents when working outdoors, etc
  • Identification and location of suitable storage areas
  • Safety requirements for use of substances for example, personal protective equipment
  • Procedure for introducing a new chemical

Electrical Equipment

  • Procedures for checking for electrical safety
  • Details of who carries out visual checks and formal checks
  • Action to be taken in the event of a problem
  • Protective systems to be used when using equipment outdoors, such as an RCD should be used with high-pressure hoses
  • Contact details for electrician

Gas Appliances

  • Details of the examination scheme for gas appliances
  • Action to be taken in the event of a problem
  • Contact details for Corgi registered service and repair workers

Manual Handling

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Measures to be taken to minimise manual handling, for example, when moving crates and kegs, bags of sand
  • Training details

General Safety Requirements

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Methods of keeping traffic routes free from obstruction
  • Prevention of slips, trips and falls
  • Cleaning regimes and procedures
  • Retrieval of golf balls from water features
  • Control and guarding of elevated storage areas

Rules for Visitors and Contractors

Report to clubhouse reception on arrival and departure

Safe Use of Machinery

  • Details of training requirements for staff
  • Safety precautions to be taken when using equipment such as food slicer, compactor, dumb waiter, greenkeeping equipment, chainsaw

Welfare Facilities

  • Staff toilet provision
  • Staff rest area provision including non smoking facilities
  • Adequate heating, ventilation, lighting

Pest Control Arrangements

Name and contact details of pest control company

Lone Working

Arrangements for employees working away from the central base
Regular use of a contact system, for example, 2 hourly telephone contact

Noise Control

For employees exposed to noisy equipment and bands in clubhouses. It must be borne in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of subject