AGCSA, epar join forces in major EHS initiative

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The AGCSA is teaming up with workplace health, safety and environment compliance specialist epar to launch the Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Initiative to assist AGCSA members in managing this important area of their course operations.

A cornerstone of the agreement, signed on Tuesday, is the creation of the Golf Environment and Safety Foundation. This foundation will be used to fund research projects and study bursaries, as well as assist smaller golf clubs and turf facilities in developing environment, health and safety (EHS) compliance systems. It will also facilitate the development of an online Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Portal which will provide AGCSA members and golf clubs with latest news, legislation updates, alerts, research and case studies relating to compliance and risk management.

“The AGCSA is excited to be partnering with epar on this initiative,” says AGCSA CEO Mark Unwin, pictured above (left) with epar area manager Nathan Tovey. “Workplace health, safety and environmental compliance is such a critical area of management for AGCSA members and this partnership is a great step forward to help assist them be better managers. Our members already have a strong reputation for being proactive in this field and through this initiative we hope to further demonstrate to the wider golf industry and community our commitment to best practice principles.    

“One component of the initiative I am particularly excited about is the ability for the AGCSA and epar to greatly assist smaller clubs with creating EHS compliance systems where previously they may not have had the time, experience or resources to do so.”

Founded in 2003 by Terry Muir, epar has over the past 15 years become a leading provider of environment and safety compliance training, auditing and management systems across the sports turf and recreation industries in Australia.  Its EHS systems have been adopted by many of Australia’s leading golf clubs, including the likes of New South Wales, The Australian, Sanctuary Cove, Lakelands and Woodlands.  

“We are thrilled to be the AGCSA’s environment, health and safety partner and we look forward to working closely with the team,” says Muir. “It is a critical step in enhancing golf’s environment and safety management profile and is another example of the AGCSA supporting its members in their environment and safety compliance journeys. epar and the AGCSA will now be working together to assist superintendents support good governance and compliance leadership. This is incredibly exciting as it will really drive forward compliance efficiencies and deliver noticeable benefits for AGCSA members."

Under the new agreement between the AGCSA and epar, funding from the partnership will be used for and/or to support:

  • Research and development projects and study bursaries investigating environmental and safety issues on golf courses;
  • Funding to assist smaller golf clubs and courses to develop their own EHS compliance programmes;
  • National and/or state-based environmental and safety projects;
  • Hosting of a series of environment and safety seminars/workshops around Australia to provide further education to AGCSA members on EHS compliance and best practice; and
  • Establishment of a regular EHS column in Australian Turfgrass Management Journal (to be launched in the May-June 2018 edition).

As part of the initiative AGCSA members will also receive special member pricing on epar’s Compliance Diary and its ‘Essentials’ or ‘Platinum’ tier EHS programmes. Members will also get a copy of epar’s Take 3 Pocketbook on risk assessments.

Commenting on the new partnership, epar area manager Nathan Tovey says it'll bring many benefits for AGCSA members: “We’re looking forward to making our industry-leading environment and safety management and training programmes available to AGCSA members and assisting the AGCSA enhance its member experience," says Tovey. "We hope to foster collaboration with AGCSA members and our clients to make better use of the innovative regulatory technology and compliance solutions epar has developed to help them navigate the increasing volume of regulatory compliance demands being placed on a golf business.”

Stay tuned to the AGCSA website, social media feeds (Facebook and Twitter) and ATM for more announcements regarding the Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Initiative. For more information on the suite of services provided by epar, visit

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