Writing a safety plan can easily be pushed to the bottom of a golf course manager’s long to-do list, but it’s arguably the most important item on that list. Safety plans go beyond employee protection. It protects the superintendent and the club itself from liability, negative publicity and fines. No matter how experienced, confident, and knowledgeable the crew is, they must follow a defined and comprehensive safety plan.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) loves to call this a “injury and illness prevention program”, but most people call it a “safety plan”. A facility safety plan requires a written safety policy for anything that reasonably feels it could hurt employees or cause illness.
This is a very long list of lawnmowers, tractors, lawnmowers, chainsaws, smoking rules and regulations, first aid, respiratory use, bloodborne pathogens, communication on chemical hazards, globally harmonious Systems, emergency response plans (emergency coordinator, contact information, spill control and reporting requirements), vehicle / cart safety regulations, fire safety, lightning safety, digging and support, thermal stress, cold stress, personal protective equipment (With separate sections for each type of PPE), electric lockout tagouts (including qualified personnel and procedures), and much more. As we said, it’s a very long list.
OSHA needs to communicate all these policies to its employees. You should compile these policies into a handbook, distribute it to each staff member, and then consider holding a meeting to cover and discuss all policies.
The final step is to get the staff to sign off. If you have employees who speak Spanish, we recommend that you provide employees written in Spanish. Again, OSHA only requires you to give this information to your staff, but there is no better document than giving a copy to sign off.
Part of the written safety program must be a Material Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for all hazardous materials in the field. SDS has online and other electronic solutions, but nothing beats the old-fashioned SDS notebooks in stores and cafeterias. Regulations require that SDSs have no “access barriers”. Many electronic SDS solutions require all crew members to have free access to their office computers throughout the day. At most facilities, this is unlikely.
Safety training should be conducted on the same subject for all topics discussed in the written safety policy. How many topics are there? Searching for the term “safety training” on the OSHA website results in over 20,000 search results. At least if you don’t have a monthly safety training session, you need to rethink your program.
There is a safety training video service available online that allows you to do this responsible easy and short job.
If you want to develop an in-house safety education program, select one topic per month, create an overview, create a quiz based on the overview, cover the material, then give each employee a quiz, up to each You should consider checking the answer. Employees understand the answer and receive a perfect score.
If you’re wondering why you need to print a quiz, this is why. OSHA has three requirements for safety training and safety planning. You need to prove:
- Who was there (proof on sign-in sheet)
- Targeted targets (lawn mowers, tractors, hazard communication, etc.)
- Participants understood the contents of the cover (quiz)
“If it wasn’t documented, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Todd Miller is a turf geek who never stops talking about safety and is the president of Golf Safety. Prior to establishing golf safety and developing safety plans and training programs for golf facilities and country clubs nationwide, he oversaw golf courses for 15 years.
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