Working in or Near Water
Water Hazard Examples
Information for Employees
Signage and Safety Equipment
Members and Guests
Information should be supplied to members, guests and other users. This could be provided via cards and notices concerning safety precautions with regards to water hazards.
The main requirements in relation to managing safely whilst working on or near water are:
- Completion of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
- Providing information, instruction and training to all staff involved in the task and associated risks with water e.g. Weil's disease, Legionella bacteria, drowning, etc.
- Maintenance of any safety equipment being used such as harnesses.
- Suitable first aid arrangements and equipment in place.
- Emergency procedures if an incident was to occur.
- Installation of information and signage to all persons who could be at risk.
- Provision of personal protective equipment.
- Providing safe access and egress to and from working area.
- Provision of safety equipment such as life jackets, life belts or throw lines.
Questions to Consider
- Are all working at water activities carried out by 2 or more persons?
- Are all staff members trained on the execution of the rescue plan?
- Is there a log of any near miss or incidents occurred?
- Are you aware of the laws to report incidents under RIDDOR?
- Is all protective equipment suitable for working in or around water?
The above guidance provides an introduction on the main requirements needed to adequately manage this health and safety topic. If you require further guidance, risk assessments or template documentation on this subject please consult your relevant full guidance health and safety website (BIGGA, England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf). If you do not hold the log in details for this website, for your club, please speak to your golf club management team to identify who the account administrator is and request the details.