Safety & Equipment Handling

The correct handling of equipment is of the utmost importance to the greenkeeper and regulations laid down in the Occupational Safety Act must be adhered to.

  1. Always ensure that you have an up to date First-Aid Kit at your disposal, and that you are familiar with its contents and the use.
  2. Ensure that you are familiar with the treatment of the following:
    1. • Electric shock.
    2. • Inhalation and misuse of chemicals.
    3. • Heat fatigue and heat stroke.
    4. • Burns (chemical & heat).
    5. • Bone fractures.
    6. • Bleeding injuries.
    7. Ensure that you have access to emergency telephone numbers.
  3. Always wear correct protective clothing.
  4. Do not consume alcohol at least 12 hours prior to working with chemicals or machinery.
  5. Ensure that there is no moisture or dampness in the vicinity whilst working with electrical components.
  6. Store chemicals out of reach of persons not familiar with their use including children.
  7. Store machinery correctly.
  8. Never leave active machinery unattended.
  9. All machinery must be inoperative whilst being worked on.
  10. Always check that safety covers are correctly in place before.
  11. When using electrical equipment, regular checks on earth leakage switches should be carried out and where not fitted, installation should be done immediately.
    (Ensure the switch is accessible should the Club be locked).
  12. In the event of load shedding or an electrical failure, disconnect all power supplies to the machine being used. Only reconnect after the power supply has been fully restored. Failure to do so can cause damage to the machines electronics.