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15 Items That Should Be in Your First Aid Kit

15 items that should be in your first aid kit  Accidents can happen any day, especially in golf course maintenance. Your crew is exposed to a myriad of hazards, so first aid is an essential part of your safety program. In most circumstances, it will take more than a few minutes to get medical attention

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Safety When Working Near Golfers

Safety When Working Near Golfers Given that a golf course is a sporting venue as well as a place of work, it’s important to prioritize safety for both golfers and staff. Golf may seem like a safe sport but flying golf balls can cause serious injuries. There are a few things that employers can do,

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Bee, Insect and Snake Injury

One of the primary draws to golf – for both golfers and course staff – is the natural, wide-open spaces that the game takes place in. While the rolling greens and lush wilds provide an escape from bustling urban life, their idyllic expanses can hide their own dangers that Superintendents and staff need to be

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Hand Wash Posters – COVID-19 & Golf Maintenance

Everyone is telling you to wash your hands but, are you, and your crew, washing your hands properly? If your golf course is still open or making use of skeleton staff, print this as a safety precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. download posters RECEIVE FREE POSTERS & SAFETY TIPS to subscribe to our

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Coronavirus & The Workplace

The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in China has now spread to over 60 other countries around the world, the United States included. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee officially declared the spread of the virus as a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 30, 2020. The good news is that there are ways

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OSHA Violations: Can you blame your crew?

What happens when OSHA violations occur on your golf course? Who is to blame? Most of the time people believe that it is ALWAYS a failure of management. That Management Failed to: Develop safety policies Failed to provide safety training Failed to enforce the rules. But, what happens when you did all that and an

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Ear Buds & Ear Protection  on the Golf Course

Loud noise originating from machinery and equipment used in golf maintenance is potentially hazardous to every person exposed to it. Hearing damage could be permanent and even disabling. It also affects workplace safety because it interferes with communication and awareness of your surroundings. According to OSHA, each year 22 million employees are exposed to potentially

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Working with Gas Power Tools in Golf Maintenance

While they may seem small and harmless, the portable tools used in golf maintenance pose a myriad of hazards. Thus, it’s important that you and your crew are aware of the hazards and precautions needed to use gas and power tools such as string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers. When using these tools, your

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Eye Protection Safety on the Golf Course

Anytime that someone is exposed to chemicals, the first thing you should consider is protecting the eyes.  The eyes are the most susceptible part of the body as they absorb chemicals much faster than the skin, leading to increased risks of chemical burn and poisoning. That’s why eye and face wash stations are so important

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How to Ensure Ladder Safety on the Golf Course

Ladders are indispensable in golf maintenance, so it’s very important that all employees on the team are aware of how to safely use a ladder. Most people have used a ladder at some point in their lives, however, few people know how to use a ladder safely. In fact, thousands of ladder accidents occur each

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How To Promote Utility Vehicle Safety on the Golf Course

The utility vehicles used at your golf course maintenance facility might not even drive on highways or public roads, but they are required to follow certain regulations as set forth by OSHA. These vehicles may be easier to use than a regular car, yet their ease of use is what leads to so many injuries

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Chemical Safety on the Golf Course 

While pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, nematicides and all the other substances you may use are extremely helpful in managing your golf facility, they are also dangerous. If used incorrectly, they can cause permanent damage to your crew’s health. It can take as little as a drop of a certain chemical coming in contact with the

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Sun Safety on the Golf Course

It’s inevitable that your golf maintenance employees will receive sun exposure while at work. Extended exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can be hazardous, so it’s essential that they protect themselves, especially during the days and times when the sun is at its strongest.     The following are a few safety measures that you can implement to protect your employees while they’re

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Reading an SDS in Golf Maintenance

How to Read the New SDS Format Safety Data Sheets (SDS), previously called MSDS, are a very important component of hazardous chemical safety. The SDS communicates chemical hazards, dangers, handling, spill control measures and more. They are essential to the safety of any golf maintenance operation handling hazardous chemicals. Employers should have an SDS for

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How to Prevent Heat Stress on the Golf Course

Heat stress and heat-related illnesses are a major concern in golf maintenance, especially during the hot summer months. It’s important that you and your employees are aware of what heat stress is, how to avoid and detect it, as well as what to do in the case that someone suffers from a heat-related illness. These

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Fire Extinguisher Use in Golf Maintenance

Fires are among the many hazards present at golf maintenance facilities. In fact, OSHA states that a fire is the most common emergency that a business should prepare for. The correct use of a fire extinguisher is invaluable to help stop small fires, or even to clear evacuation routes in case of a large fire. We stress

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Gasoline and Safety Cans in Golf Maintenance

Do Your Safety Cans and Handling Procedures Meet OSHA Requirements? With the amount of small gasoline powered equipment used in golf course maintenance you already know that gasoline is extremely flammable and dangerous, but do you know what all of OSHA’s requirements related to gasoline and safety cans are? And more importantly, are you in compliance with

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Are Your Worksites Too Loud? Ear Buds & Ear Protection on the Golf Course

Ear Buds & Ear Protection Loud noise originating from machinery and equipment used in golf maintenance is potentially hazardous to every person exposed to it. Hearing damage could be permanent and even disabling. It also affects workplace safety because it interferes with communication and awareness of your surroundings. According to OSHA, each year 22 million

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Preventing Cold Stress on the Golf Course

The cold winter months are upon us, and with frost, snow, and heavy rain, there’s a lot to look out for in order to ensure the golf course maintenance crew’s safety. Cold temperatures combined with increased wind speed may lead to a variety of different conditions related to cold stress. Given that many of the

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Ladder Safety on the Golf Course

Ladders are indispensable in golf maintenance, so it’s very important that all employees on the team are aware of how to safely use a ladder. Most people have used a ladder at some point in their lives, however, few people know how to use a ladder safely. In fact, thousands of ladder accidents occur each year,

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Chain Saw Safety on the Golf Course

Chain saws are very powerful, and in untrained hands, they can be extremely dangerous. If a saw can cut through a tree trunk, it can cut just as easily through an arm or a leg. Thus, it’s extremely important that all employees are properly trained to use chainsaws, and that they are aware and constantly

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