General Safety

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Safety Statement

At the PGA TOUR, our highest priority is the safety of our players, guests, employees, and volunteers. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment by promoting safety best practices at our tournaments to minimize accidents. Our volunteers play a large role in promoting our safety culture and creating memorable, world-class experiences that positively impact our communities. All registered volunteers are expected to abide by basic safety guidelines, identify potential risks, and be proactive in reporting and correcting known or potential hazards.

Top 10 Volunteer Safety Guidelines

ALL registered volunteers are expected to abide by the following safety guidelines in order to prevent injury to themselves or others. Some volunteer committees may require additional safety measures which can be found in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Safety Manual.

  1. Wear comfortable, close-toed and slip-resistant shoes
  2. Wear sunscreen, a hat and other protective clothing
  3. Maintain adequate hydration
  4. Follow all PGA TOUR Golf Cart, Utility Vehicle and Vehicle Safety Guidelines
  5. Practice proper ergonomics
  6. Report unsafe conditions to Tournament Staff and Committee Chair
  7. Maintain a clean and orderly environment free of trip hazards
  8. Be vigilant to surroundings to prevent being struck by a golf ball or equipment
  9. Use proper tools and protective equipment to perform tasks
  10. Take breaks and rest when needed
  11. Follow all new COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols

Volunteer Safety Pledge and Culture

The safety culture for volunteers is founded on the following expectations:

SEE Something (Be aware of your surroundings)

SAY Something (Know who to contact)

DO Something (Be proactive - Take action as necessary)

Volunteer Safety Training

Prior to volunteering at a PGA TOUR tournament, each registered volunteer is required to review the following training materials:

(Return signed form to appropriate tournament or volunteer leadership)

Operation of Equipment and Machinery

Volunteers should not operate any machinery or equipment unless they have been trained and have demonstrated how to use it safely. Volunteers must observe all safety rules while operating machinery or equipment and must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent injury. Volunteers are strictly prohibited from repairing or adjusting machinery. (Only persons with special training should make adjustments or repairs that require machines to be in operation.) Consult with Tournament staff if any adjustments are needed.

Ladder Safety

Lifting and Carrying

The most common cause of back injuries is improper lifting. Quick, jerky motions can bring instant muscle strain. Volunteers should use the following techniques to lift properly:

Pushing and Pulling

There are several steps you should take when you attempt to push or pull an object:

Standing and Bending

To keep your back flexible and your muscles limber, it is important to maintain correct posture when standing.

CORRECT POSTURE: Stand straight with your shoulders back, stomach tucked in, hips forward, and knees slightly bent. An easy way to hurt yourself is to bend over incorrectly, the proper way to bend is:

Reporting Unsafe Conditions

If volunteers believe that a condition is unhealthy or unsafe, they should report the condition immediately to tournament staff

Medical Emergency