The demands made by principal contractors and CDM sites for H&S compliance is an ever growing list. Method statements are not a legal requirement, but very few large sites will get a company on their approved supplier list without them. Principal contractors may also request a host of other documentation that is not a legal requirement such as training records, traffic management plans, anti slavery policies etc…
Additionally, H&S documentation may be required on a task basis such as permits to work in confined spaces, for hot works or working at height.
As a general rule though the four main documents you need are:
A company health and safety policy. This is a document that lets other know how your business manages health and safety at work. It is a legal requirement to have a health and safety policy if there are five or more employees, and usually a requirement for site work regardless of business size.
Risk assessments. These are a legal requirement and their purpose is to identify hazards and introduce control measures and safe working practices to eliminate them or bring them down to an acceptable level.
Method statements. Not a legal requirement but letting staff and principal contractors know the methods your company will follow to carry out tasks safely is best practice for most businesses.
COSHH assessments. These are hazards that specific products pose it doesn’t just cover the health of the person using the product. The damage the product can do to the environment, safe disposal methods, amount of time a person can work with the product, fire fighting measures, harmful ingredients, PPE and first aid measures are all included.
The electrical health and safety package we’ve put together covers all of the above except the company policy as this is a stand alone document.