Working in the Field of Play
Adverse Weather Conditions
Airborne Dust & Debris
Falls From Height
Flying Golf Balls & Golfers Out of Sight
The main requirements to manage workers in the field of play are:
- Suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the course.
- Providing information, instruction and training to staff.
- Provision of personal protective equipment e.g. hi-viz jackets/vests , bump caps, etc.
- Providing warning signals e.g. bells.
- To give suitable information and instruction to all players on the course e.g. signage, memos, notices, etc.
- Providing a log of any near misses or incidents to help identify problem areas.
Question to Consider
- Do greens staff wear hi-visibility clothing to allow themselves to be clearly seen on the course whilst working?
- Are there bells in place to allow communication between players playing their individual rounds?
- Are near misses investigated?
- Are there set rules of play given or available to members prior to them beginning their round of play?
- Are bump caps worn by staff working on the course?
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.