Monitoring and Inspecting The Golf Course
There are a number of items that require to be monitored and inspected on the golf course to ensure their continued safety. These items include:
Each of these need to be fit for use at all times as any defects can lead to both minor and severe injuries.
Construction and Maintenance
Paths, steps, stiles and bridges have the potential of creating slips, trips and fall hazards if they are not kept in good condition.
All such areas should be subject to a periodic inspection to detect early deterioration in their condition and initiate early repair and/or refurbishment. Inspection should be:
- Carried out regularly;
- Any defects found should be rectified immediately or the area cordoned off and the defect reported to club management.
- Construction of bridges using culverts is covered by the Land Drainage Act 1991. Golf clubs may need to consult the Environment Agency/SEPA to gain consent before installing culverts in watercourses. Further information can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk
The main requirements of monitoring and inspection of the course condition are:
- Completion of a routine documented check of all paths and walkways on the course.
- Providing staff with suitable personal protective equipment to carry out the task safely.
- Providing suitable information, instruction and training to carry out the inspection.
- Maintenance of any areas through refurbishments or repairs.
- Servicing of any equipment being used in inspection and repairs procedures.
- Installation of warning signage to make users aware of hazard.
- If defects found upon inspection then areas should be cordoned off.
- Providing staff with personal protective equipment.
Questions to Consider
- Have you considered taking pictures so that areas being monitored can be compared year on year?
- Is the monitoring of the course carried out by the same person or is this task rotated?
- Is areas where works are being carried out on the course cordoned off at all times even when the course is closed?
- Are persons working on the course given appropriate PPE such as hi-visibility vests/jackets and bump caps?
- Is clear instruction and information given to users of the course throughout? e.g. diversions, caution, etc.
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.