Present in everyday life, exposure to loud noise for a long period of time can permanently damage your hearing.

Check the machine you are using during cricket ground maintenance. For a noise level of 80 decibels (dB) you should wear hearing protection and anything over 85dB you must wear hearing protection and limit the duration of exposure.

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This includes hand/arm vibration e.g. from holding a strimmer / brushcutter or whole body vibration e.g. sitting on a roller or mower transmitted through the seat or feet.

Employers must prevent risk from exposure to vibration and ensure it is minimised. For more information on the risks of excess vibration visit

Hazardous Substances

Substances hazardous to health and can take many forms including chemicals, fumes, dusts, vapours, mists, biological agents (germs). Once identified in the cricket club a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Assessment must be undertaken.

Like a Risk Assessment the following must be considered: -

  • Which tasks /actions involve hazardous substances?
  • How can these cause harm?
  • How can the risk of harm be reduced?

Always try to prevent exposure at source. For example:

  • Can the use of a hazardous substance be avoided or a safer process used? Prevent exposure – For example, use water-based rather than solvent-based products or apply by brush rather than spray?
  • Can it be substituted for something safer? For example, swap an irritant cleaning product for something milder, or use a vacuum cleaner rather than a brush?
  • Can it be used in a safer form? For example, can a solid rather than liquid be used to avoid splashes or a waxy solid instead of a dry powder to avoid dust?

Applying the principles of Good Control Practice

  • Minimise emission, release and spread
  • Consider routes of exposure Choose control measures proportionate to the risk
  • Choose effective control options
  • Personal Protective equipment – the final control option
  • Review effectiveness of controls Provide information and training 

For guidance in the control of substances hazardous to health visit

Moving and Handling – (Manual Handling)

Moving and handling are about using the body to lift, move, hold or support a load manually.

Moving and handling includes:

  • lifting;
  • carrying;
  • pulling;
  • pushing;
  • static holding (holding in one position);
  • lowering;
  • reaching/stretching;
  • supporting

Practical steps that you can take in regard to moving and handling include:

  • Remove risks of injury associated with moving and handling activities.
  • If injury risks can’t be removed they need to be assessed.
  • Take the necessary measures to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level possible.
  • Inform, instruct and train your workers in moving and handling.

There are four factors to be considered when carrying out a moving and handling assessment:

  • Load – what is being carried or moved?
  • Individual – who is moving and/or handling the load?
  • Task – what does the activity actually involve, how will it be undertaken?
  • Environment – where will the moving and handling activity be carried out? 

For more information on Manual Handling and some free tools to help analyse the risks involved visit

Work Equipment

Every cricket ground’s activity will involve ground maintenance equipment of some kind. Grounds equipment can be defined as any piece of machinery, tool, plant or other item needed for a worker (specifically, groundstaff) to carry out their job. Because of the range of equipment used in the maintenance of cricket grounds it is important that information, instruction, supervision and training is provided for the equipment to be used. This training should at least cover Personal Protective equipment to be used, safety features (e.g. operator presence devices, pre-start checks, pre-operational checks), how to use and maintain the machine correctly, as well as how to clean and store the equipment.

There are a range of common hazards to consider for example:

  • contact with moving parts
  • sharp surfaces
  • entrapment
  • noise
  • vibration
  • flying
  • debris
  • entanglement
  • fire
  • explosion

These should all be highlighted in a risk assessment and suitable controls e.g. training, Guards, maintenance, limit of exposure and Personal Protective equipment can then be applied.

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Lone Working

Groundstaff who work on their own should be made aware of these general tips on personal safety:

  • Know what the contact arrangements are and who to contact in an emergency
  • Be aware of who is, and what is happening, around you at all times
  • Always let someone know when you are going to be working alone and arrange for them to check on you at certain times

Download a free copy of ‘Health and safety guidance on the risks of lone working’ at

This information has been prepared by the ECB as a general guide only in regard to health and safety and does not constitute advice on any specific matter. Further guidance in regard to health and safety may be found on the website of the Health and Safety Executive ( and a number of links to such guidance are incorporated into this information. Whilst it is hoped that the guidance contained below is helpful for cricket clubs, no liability can be accepted by the ECB for any action taken or not taken as a result of this information (or the content of third party websites).