Health & Safety

Health and Safety Policy Statement

1. Introduction

Retford Bowling Green Ltd recognises its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at work act 1974 and accompanying legislation to ensure the following:

  • To provide and maintain a safe clubhouse and green, safe equipment and a safe environment for members and guests.
  • To ensure hazards are identified and that there is a regular assessment of risks
  • To promote the awareness of Health and Safety and encourage best practice.
  • To provide information and instruction where necessary to ensure all can be assured of a safe and healthy environment.
  • To ensure it takes appropriate protective and preventative measures.

2. Organisation and Responsibilities

Responsibility for ensuring that the club complies with Health and Safety responsibilities is vested in the Club’s Management Committee which will arrange for a pre-season risk assessment in April to ensure appropriate measures are taken to eliminate/mitigate risk.

In addition, the club appoints members whose function is at any time to draw to the committee’s attention any risks/hazards that may not have been properly identified or where mitigation action may be insufficient.

3.The Risks

As a small organisation the club does not employ any fulltime staff but Health and Safety law requires that where volunteers are used on a regular basis e.g. Secretary, Treasurer, catering, bar; they should, for purposes of the act be treated as employees even if unpaid. The club has identified the following principal areas where it needs to monitor closely the risks associated with work done by volunteers.

  • Fire
  • Trips/falls
  • Electricity-risk of fire or personal injury
  • Chemicals/Fertilizers
  • Use of machinery
  • First aid
  • Food safety
  • Children and Adults at risk

4.Measures in place to mitigate risk

Fire, the extinguishers are inspected annually and serviced by qualified individuals. Members and others are instructed and must conduct their activities in a way to minimise the risk of fire: they have a duty to report immediately any fire, smoke or potential fire hazards.

Trips and falls, members should keep internal floors clean and clear of any unnecessary paraphernalia that might cause an accident. Members and others are instructed to take care on pathways and surrounds and the green must be entered by the recognised entrances/exits.

Members must wear suitable footwear whilst bowling i.e. bowling shoes or flat soled shoes approved by the club.

Electrical Qualified contractors maintain all fixed and portable electrical equipment. Members must take care when using electrical equipment and ask a competent person if they are not sure. Members must not use damaged or suspect equipment, it should be reported immediately to a club official and removed from use.


Members must not use any chemicals or fertilizers unless they are properly qualified to do so. All such items are kept securely under lock and key.

Use of machinery

Machinery must only be used by those individuals qualified to do so.

First Aid

The defibrillator is positioned in the entrance to the clubhouse, the first aid kit is kept in the men’s locker room

Nominated person for maintaining first aid supplies:Val Brodie

Club Health and safety comittee :Val Brodie, Jim Dukes Tony Pickersgill

Food Safety Kitchen facilities are maintained to a high standard and meet legal requirements. Catering is under the control of the Catering  Sub-committee who have food hygiene certification.

Children and adults at risk

The club has a clearly publicised safeguarding and child protection policy.

As a club member you have a duty to:

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected  by what you do or do not do.
  • Co-operate with the club on Health and Safety issues
  • Correctly use all equipment provided by the club