Somehow the groundskeeper has a longer working day than anyone else working at a golf club. The domains on all groundskeepers are varied and come flying in from all directions. So anything that can be done to minimise stress for groundskeepers must be a good thing.
Over the last few years one of the demands that has become more prevalent in the lives of groundskeepers is the need to store chemicals legally and safely. Nowhere is this need more acute than on Golf Courses. Farms face the same challenges as golf clubs when it comes to chemical storage. But on farms dangerous chemicals tend to be stored on private land, where members of the public should not stray. On a golf course you are in the unenviable position of needing to store the chemicals needed to keep the greens (and rough!) looking wonderful, but you have club members, and possibly members of the public freely roaming.
Before we have a look at the answer to the problem of chemical storage on golf courses let’s have a brief look at the requirements of an ideal chemical storage facility.
Chemical stores on Golf Clubs needs to be:
- Secure and lockable
- Contamination minimising
- Adequately ventilated
Billie Box Ltd have been converting shipping containers into secure chemical stores for years. Now that we’ve discussed some of the requirements for chemical stores let’s have a look at why Billie Box chemical stores have become popular.
Converted shipping containers are secure and vandal-proof by their very nature. We frequently hear of burglaries at Golf Clubs and a shipping container chemical store is a great way to keep your valuable chemicals and pesticides secure.
The containers are fitted with a lock box and supplied with a hardened steel padlock that fits inside the lock box. If you get opportunists trying to break in, you need to be sure that the locking mechanism works. Also, with a decal on the door saying ‘Dangerous chemicals’ (meaning “Enter at your peril”) then you know that if the burglars get injured from a chemical spillage, then it isn’t your fault.
Every year tens of billions of pounds worth of goods are transported around the world in shipping containers. Converted shipping containers are incredibly secure. The security built into shipping containers also naturally makes them weatherproof. Shipping containers have a surprisingly long lifespan.
You may be surprised to see ‘mobile’ listed as a requirement for an effective chemical store. While it would be inadvisable to continually move your chemical store, there may be occasions when your store will need to be relocated. Many Golf Clubs are expanding and developing all the time. What today might be a perfect location for chemical store could be next year’s new swimming pool, spa or restaurant. One advantage of using a specially converted shipping container as your chemical store is that it is relatively easy to relocate as the demands of your Golf Course evolve.
Billie Box chemical stores are built with a ‘bunded’ floor. This is a simple physical barrier at the entrance to the container. If there is a chemical spillage within the container the bund stops the chemicals from leaking from the chemical stores. This is an effective way of ensuring the chemicals you store do not accidentally pollute the earth, or worse, a water course.
Billie Box have an active presence at several agricultural shows, including LAMMA and Cereals. Through exhibiting at these events, and through many in-depth conversations with farmers who are our customers we have developed our chemical stores to be the best available. We are pleased to be able to offer our chemical stores to Golf Clubs and grounds keepers – we are currently featured in the ‘Pitchcare’ Buyers Guide.
Billie Box Chemical stores meet with the Health and Safety exec’s criteria, giving you the confidence that our product is suitable for your secure storage requirements.
Give us a call today on 0800 121 7388 or GET a Quote here, Jane and Matt would love to find out how we can help reduce your chemical storage headaches.