When we see a gardening programme on the television we usually see a gardener working at a leisurely pace with hand tools. It’s almost inconceivable to the viewer that the gardener could suffer and accident. Yet in the world of garden maintenance there are host of injuries waiting to be discovered.
As it’s the employer duty to protect staff and anybody who may come to harm from your work activities there are certain H&S documents you will need to have in place, and these include:
A company health and safety policy: This is not part of the RAMS package as it’s a stand alone document and doesn’t concern itself with the H&S of specific tasks. Instead it is a general H&S policy that states how the employer manages H&S within the company. It’s a legal requirement to have a policy if you employ 5 or more staff.
Risk assessments: These are a legal requirement because no task should be carried out by an employee unless the employer has assessed the task for hazards before hand. If something is found that has the potential to cause harm the employer must put control measures in place to eliminate risk or bring the risk down to an acceptable level.
Method statements: These are not a legal requirement, but most principal contractors insist upon them as they describe how you will carry out a task using safe working practices.
COSHH assessments: These are a legal requirement as they deal with any hazardous substances employees or others may come into contact with whilst at work.