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Your eyes are precious.

Did you know that 80% of the signals the human brain receives come from the eyes?

Workers in turf management need to take strides to protect their eyes from dangerous chemicals and potential injuries. The list of possible accidents is long.

Taking care of a golf course, for example, exposes workers to chemicals and foreign objects, sparks in the shop, flying grass and dirt, and an enormous amount of sun exposure. Each of these will cause eye damage if preventative measures aren’t taken.

 

By following a few simple—but crucial—safety practices, you could save your or a coworker’s or member’s eyes. Here are our top seven tips for practicing eye safety in turf management.

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1. Know the hazards of the job

Be aware of tasks in turf care jobs that bring specific hazards to eyes, like:

  • Weed-whacking
  • Backpack blowing
  • Reel grinding
  • And any work with chemicals

While getting some grass in your eye might not seem dangerous, grass flying into your eye from a weed-whacker can cause serious damage to your retina.

Also be aware of anyone around you when you’re doing these jobs. If they aren’t wearing proper protection, you may need to ask them to leave or instruct them to put on safety glasses. (Or, in the case of golf courses and members moving into the area you’re working, you might have to wait until they clear out.)

Understanding the seriousness of the job you’re doing is half the battle to being cautious and practicing the best eye safety.

2. Understand the dangers of specific work areas

Be aware of areas of the turf or facility with specific eye hazards, such as the mechanic’s shop. Whether you’re the one working or you’re just passing through, accidents happen.

Knowing that particular areas are prone to flying debris and taking action to avoid injury is your best bet for safety. Even if there’s not a sign instructing workers to wear protective eyewear, you can take the initiative to assess your surroundings and determine if you should be wearing eye or protection in specific work areas. Understand the dangers of your work area and proceed with caution.

3. Protective eyewear should have an ANSI Z-987 rating or higher

Wear protective eyewear with an ANSI Z-87 rating or greater for weed-whacking, backpack blowing, reel grinding, chemical work, and whenever instructed to do so—even if you’re not the person doing the work.

Respect the minimum required safety rating for eyeglasses. Whether it’s against turf, metals, or chemicals, you want to make sure you have the best protection for the job.

Also, wear protective eyewear in high danger areas even when you aren’t doing any work. Debris from other projects can just as easily cause your eyes harm. Wear proper protective eyewear whenever it’s called for.

4. Machine guards are there for a reason

Use machine guards to prevent the escape of particles while you work on the turf.

While it might seem like an unnecessary extra step to use the guard on tools, machine guards are there for a reason. By using them, you can prevent particles from getting into your or your coworkers’ eyes.

5. Welding curtains are important, too

Use welding curtains for arc flash protection in the shop. While this should be obvious, welding is an extremely dangerous task. You’ll want to take the utmost care when welding and respect the dangerousness of the job.

Use preventative measures like proper eyewear and leather sleeves to protect yourself during any welding-related task. And use welding curtains to protect the people around you, too.

6. Look for warning signs

Always watch for signage indicating “off limits without protective eyewear.” It may seem mundane, but it’s vital to be on the lookout for signs that indicate the need for protective eyewear. You’ll be doing yourself (and your eyes) a favor by heeding the warning signs.

Don’t enter any area with this warning sign without first putting on safety glasses. Even if you’re just stopping in for a moment, you’re better off wearing eye protection than losing an eye.

7. Keep your protective eyewear on until you’re done and gone

Do not remove protective eyewear until you’re done with your task and have left the work area where there are hazards. It might seem like a good idea in the moment to take off your eye protection when you’ve just finished a project, but don’t do it. Wait until you’ve left the area before you remove your safety glasses.

Just because you’re finished working doesn’t mean the people around you are also done. Another worker’s project might disperse debris that can end up injuring your eyes. Keep your eye protection on until you’ve exited the premise where hazardous jobs are going on.

 

Prevention is the best and most effective policy for avoiding injuries. Wearing protective eyewear during work on the golf course is a defense that you don’t want to go without.

 

After all, the choices you make before an accident occurs are what will save you or someone else from serious injury when the inevitable happens. Accidents happen, but you have the power to help ensure that permanent injuries don’t. Remember to wear eye protection as needed and always follow eye safety procedures.

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Brian has almost 15 years experience of building software platforms and managing development teams . He specialises in the development of data driven technology platforms and machine learning algorithms.

Brian has a degree and a masters in software development and spent many years designing and building real time fraud and AML solutions for financial institutions around the world while working for BAE systems.

Since 2015 Brian has worked with a number of startups helping with development of technical strategy and building and managing software teams. Recently he has been working in sports tech for the golfing industry as VP of Engineering at Game Golf.

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John Clarkin has been working in the golf industry for the last quarter of a century. Following a London City and Guilds Degree in Greenkeeping, John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1994 where he studied Turfgrass Management.

He returned to Ireland where he assumed the role of Director of Golf Operations at Powerscourt Golf Club, Co. Wicklow, which he constructed, grew in and maintained for three years. In 1997, John established Turfgrass.

Turfgrass employs a team including Agronomists, Project Managers and Course Managers. John has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading golf course development and management advisors specialising in Agronomy, Project Management, Golf Course Management, Private and Commercial Putting Greens and Recruitment. Current clients include Wentworth, Adare Manor, Gleneagles, The Solheim Cup and Vidauban.

He has spoken at numerous European and International Golf Federation conferences and has developed an extensive network of industry contacts across the world. Turfgrass have also developed Private Golf Academies for Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington.

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Marcello Farini Former  member of the British and European institute for golf Course architects 1998-2010 ( took a master degree in golf course architetture  in Merrist Wood College england Uk in 1997/1898. He has a Milan University Law degree and  masters therefore In 2010 found his own legal firm in Bergamo Italy and in London Uk , self-employed advocate member at Middle Temple inn of court in London. Worked as barrister And European lawyer in different countries in Europe in commercial and criminal Law. Italian english and french working languages, good knowledge of spanish.

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Agustín Pizá, Architect with a Masters in Golf Course Architecture from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Member of the European Institute and the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

For more than two decades Pizá has collaborated with legends of the game and world class golf developments. His designs are known for delivering quality, aesthetic and strategic golf courses.

Since 2006, Pizá Golf has been recognized with several international accolades and is known for Redefining Golf Facilities with its concepts WellnessGolf and GolfLounge. Involved in more than 60 projects in 3 continents, Agustin is a writer, tv commentator and director of The First Tee program in Mexico. 

At Piza Golf the passion begins when you live the experience.

Josh Williams   VP of Sales / Customer Success

The game of golf has been a passion of Josh’s for his entire life. He attended both Cal Berkeley and UC Davis on golf scholarships. After college he went on to play professionally for over a decade including playing full time on the Nationwide (now KornFerry) tour. Since retiring from professional golf he has worked in Sales and Business Development for a number of companies most of which are in the golf space. Josh has a proven track record of establishing key client relationships and driving new business.

In addition he founded and runs Giving in Motion, a non profit dedicated to providing clean water for children in Ghana. Since it’s inception Giving in Motion has provided 20,000 people clean water for life.

Tripp Cobb   Business Advisor

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Alex Borzo   Customer Support / Project Manager

Copywriting and editing have been my bread and butter for more than a decade, both as a career and a passion. These creative skills come together in my portfolio of print materials, digital marketing and even whole websites—instead of hiring a copywriter, web developer and designer, clients just work with me.
The need for vision in marketing has been enormously rewarding as I’ve stretched my wings in all-things-content. I’ve written and consulted my way across 40 different industries since starting my creative firm, and the ever-present sense for the “bigger picture” has served me well.
My time at Turf Assistant has been well spent with an endless list of opportunities to learn and grow more in this space.

James Walsh   Customer Success / Project Manager

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Al Wilson   Co-Founder / CEO

Al Wilson started out life as a teacher and football coach.  It wasn’t until the mid 80’s that he decided to go into business for himself.  As with many entrepreneurial journeys the destination was somewhere he never expected.

In the early 90’s Al started a pumping systems manufacturing business in the golf market.  Quickly that expanded into distribution into the same market he was manufacturing for.  

Through the success of this company, he co-founded Turf Assistant with his son Ron.  The two love working together daily to solve problems that businesses in the turf space face.  Al is still active in his day to day role with Turf Assistant’s parent company and sits as head on the advisory board of Turf Assistant.