Storing chemicals legally and safely at a golf club can be a real challenge for a groundskeeper. There are a myriad of obstacles to overcome; however, adequate chemical storage is required by law, and so it becomes another responsibility the already burdened groundskeeper must take on.
Obstacles range from finding the right place to store chemicals so as not to disturb the aesthetic of the golf course, to keeping chemicals shielded from the prying eyes of club members and, in some cases, the free-roaming public. You may think that many industries face these same problems – for example, farming – however, chemical storage on farms is often placed on private land and most of the time farmers do not allow the public to venture onto their farm. Golf clubs and other sporting facilities are quite unique in this aspect.
In this article we will take a look at how to solve the issues of golf club chemical storage. But first, here is an overview of the boxes you must tick when it comes to your storage facility.
Chemical storage on golf courses must be:
- Secure and lockable
- Adequately ventilated
- Contamination minimising
You might be wracking your brains for a solution which meets all the requirements for chemical storage. But don’t worry – we have the answer: shipping containers.
We at Billie Box Ltd have years of experience in creating chemical stores out of shipping containers. These stores meet legal requirements and satisfy the needs of many professionals looking to keep chemicals, including groundskeepers.
With converted shipping containers, you have peace of mind when it comes to keeping your chemicals and pesticides safe. We understand that security is a top priority for any business, so it’s essential for us as well as you that these containers prevent break-ins and burglaries.
How? You will find a lock box attached to each container, which prevents vandals getting to the hardened steel padlock with bolt croppers. There is no other way of getting into the container discreetly, so you can rest assured that your valuable chemicals are safe.
In the unlikely event of a break in, there is a decal on the door of the container which states ‘dangerous chemicals’. Therefore, if a burglar manages to injure themselves from a chemical spillage, you won’t be at fault.
For safe chemical storage, your facility must be mobile. While you won’t be moving your entire chemical store every day, you may find that you need to relocate occasionally, for example if there is building work or restructuring. As your golf course develops, your chemical storage should move with it. Mobility is one of the many advantages of our converted shipping containers.
When it comes to weatherproofing, shipping containers are excellent solutions. Many, many goods are transported in these containers year after year on ships sailing around the word in all types of weather conditions. Therefore, it’s only natural that they can do the same job at a golf club.
Inside the container, you’ll find a ‘bunded’ floor. This feature comprises a barrier placed at the door of the container which stops any chemical spillages from seeping out. Accidents do happen, and if chemicals leak out and pollute the earth, or even the water if you’re on a links golf course or near a river, you could receive a hefty fine for causing environmental damage. The bunded floor prevents this, keeping your course and the environment safe.
Billie Box’s converted shipping containers adhere to the Health and Safety exec’s criteria, which means that they are a safe, secure and legal storage facility.
We are regular participants in several agricultural exhibitions, two of which are LAMMA and Cereals. At these events we have discussed our products and the legal requirements with our customers in the farming industry, who believe that Billie Box chemical storage containers are the best available.
As such, we are happy to offer our products to groundskeepers for use at golf clubs.
Call Jane or Matt at Billie Box today on 0800 121 7388 or click here to get a quote.
About Jane Billing
Jane Billing has over 30 years in shipping container supply. During that time Jane has earned a very broad knowledge of the whole shipping container industry. From construction, to shipping, to adaption and conversions, if you have a question about any aspect of the shipping container industry Jane will likely have the answer for you. After many years working for some of the biggest names in the shipping container industry Jane set up her own company, Billie Box Ltd in 2012. Since launching in 2012 Billie Box Ltd has sold well over 1500 new and used containers.