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December 2014

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GROW WITH THE IOG 36 the Groundsman December 2014 Visit for more information and digital editions he importance of having these types of courses to complement the traditional one-day Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) courses has been emphasised by the need of employers to provide continuing professional development to their employees. Course A: Health and Safety The main focus of this course is to ensure an employer can provide evidence of current health and safety training having been given to all groundstaff. Particular areas of the course include: 1. the safe use of pesticides 2. manual handling techniques 3. the use and maintenance of PPE T New IOG Refresher and Update courses for 2015 To support independent schools, local authorities, university grounds teams and many other organisations wishing to have one-day update and refresher courses covering a range of important subject areas, the IOG has put together three specific courses to meet these needs By: Chris Gray 4. protecting your hearing: managing noise at work 5. carrying out a generic risk assessment prior to using machinery on grounds 6. pre-start checks on petrol engines safe use of equipment. The primary reasons for the course are • to ensure continued awareness of health and safety regulations • to reduce worker fatigue and risks • to reduce the potential cause of sick days • to improve worker confidence in their capabilities • to improve worker performance • to reduce machinery maintenance and repair costs. Course B: Integrated Pest Management - Reducing pesticide use, improving resource use This course looks at the need to understand how to develop and implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for grounds which will take "a sophisticated and well-informed risk-based approach to managing pests, weeds and diseases", in accordance with 'The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012', and the UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (Plant Protection Products), February 2013. This course is particularly relevant to most grounds managers and deputy head groundstaff who may be responsible for developing an IPM plan for their site. The primary reasons for the course are • to comply with regulations and demonstrate good practice in the minimisation of pesticides • to identify how to manage threats to plant health • to improve the health of the local grounds environment for users • to reduce the financial burden of pesticide and other resource use • to maintain or improving the quality of surfaces • to increase usage and user experience on a turf grass surface. Pre-start checks are essential before using any machinery

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