Abstract: Golf course construction superintendents must have active safety programs to comply with insurance and OSHA regulations. OSHA requires weekly safety meetings. Use the following categories to conduct a safety discussion with crew members. Visit OSHA web site for more information.
OSHA visits to golf course construction sites can result in tough penalties. They will first ask about safety training. A safe week begins with a weekly toolbox talk. It’s good practice to meet for ten minutes every Monday morning to discuss any “ near misses ” or employee safety concerns. I’ve listed below a few important safety topics for Golf Course Managers.
Right-To-Know / Hazard Communication
Golf courses use many hazardous chemicals. You must provide written information describing all hazardous materials used or stored on your golf course property.
When hazardous materials are used to perform work, MSDS and similar information regarding these products must be provided to employees before their use.
Eye and Face Protection
Eye and face protection protects workers from airborne dusts, mists and particles; glare; splashing liquids; ultraviolet radiation or a combination of these hazards.
Golf course employees like to use new, inexpensive, impact resistant sunglasses to reduce UV impacts while shielding eyes.
Employers are required to provide hearing protection training and medical monitoring for employees who are working in areas exceeding the OSHA 85 decibel action level. Golf course mowing equipment frequently surpasses these levels.
Hand protection is required by OSHA when workers are exposed to hazards from skin absorption of harmful substances, lacerations, abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns, and harmful temperature extremes.
Hen using chemicals, workers should refer to the product’s MSDS to determine the appropriate glove to be used for the task.
A safety vest is required if a worker is exposed to vehicular traffic. The safety vest should be reflective and brightly colored to alert traffic.
Safety boots or shoes shall be designed to protect workers feet from chemical, compression, crushing, or puncture hazards.
Safety boots or shoes used on construction sites must meet all of the requirements in both OSHA 29 CFR 1926.96 Occupational Foot Protection and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.136 Occupational Foot Protection.
Employees who respond to emergencies, or work with or around hazardous materials, hazardous waste, or any other hazardous environment should use respiratory protection.
During excavation, the foreman is responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for its employees and pedestrians. The contractor must ensure compliance with all the requirements of U.S. OSHA’s Excavation Standard 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P.
Maintain a physical barrier around all excavations and machinery. Snow fencing or temporary chain link fencing must be installed. If left overnight, cover all excavations with steel plates. Backfill trenches at end of day.
The contractor is responsible for routine inspections of all excavation equipment. The inspection should include safety features like back-up warning sounds and appropriate lighting.
The contractor must ensure that equipment operators carry the required (valid) licenses and have the necessary training to operate the equipment on site.
Meet weekly with your employees to discuss safety. It’s time well spent.