The Cumbria Health & Safety Liaison Group launched a publication 'Grounds Maintenance Safety' in October 2004. Although dated the publication still contains much relevant information.
This publication is aimed at providing advice to the leisure industry which includes sports clubs, hotels, tourist attractions, outdoor centres, caravan parks, landscape gardeners and gardening contractors.
The purpose is to help employers develop strategies to comply with all their legal health and safety requirements and adopt current good industry practice. The links below (which are in PDF format) include topics on risk assessment, work at heights, workplace transport, chemical safety, manual handling, training, accident reporting and welfare standards. The guide aims for a 'how to' approach which includes references to other publications and websites if the reader requires more information.
Please note that Section 4 - Noise at Work is no longer up to date. The current legislation is The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is now 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is now 80 decibels. There is also an exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.
The full text of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and the full text of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 can be viewed online.
Guidance on the 2005 Regulations can be found in the free HSE leaflet 'Noise at Work' (INDG362 rev1) and in HSE's priced book 'Controlling Noise at Work' (L108) (ISBN 0 7176 6164 4) available from HSE Books or from bookshops, price £13.95
A training directory is included in the package to assist companies to find suitable courses to ensure that their employees are suitably trained for specialist tasks like using chain saws or all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs).
A pro-forma health and safety policy document is part of the paperwork to assist companies in developing their own policies and procedures.