A complete H&S package for gardening for just £40.00.
What’s in the gardeners package?
We’ve put together 9 documents into a single H&S package covering most RAMS gardeners need based on our professional experience, and our customers download trends. The package is instantly available as a download and comes in docx format, so is editable in Word™ or a processor of your choice. The beauty about being editable is that you can add your company logo and pictures of past jobs as well as adding your company details, dating and signing.
Buying this package also allows you to display the "Health & Safety Gold Standard Award" on your website. Letting clients, customers and contractors know that your H&S is current and up to date. Not only will your gardening RAMS be current and up to date but they will stay that way because as H&S changes we update this package to reflect new trends and laws.
Get this package today and you’ll need to do is add your company details to the first page and your RAMS are ready to go.
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Is it value for money?
Giving customers quality products, great service and value for money are the core directives of our business and this is reflected in our gardeners H&S pack. It’s been written by trained health and safety professionals with ease of use and simplicity in mind, so it’s well indexed and project managers can find the content they are looking for easily.
We don’t see value for money as being just about a getting something cheaply. For us it’s about creating a quality product that we can offer our customers at the right price. Afterall if the product’s not right, the price is irrelevant.
This document is:
- Recognised by local authorities
- Recognised by principal contractors
- Suitable for CDM sites
- Approved by H&S managers
Our customers feedback are a testimony to the value of this package.
Risks gardeners can be exposed to
As with all manual trades the risk of manual handling injuries and RSIs are a constant threat. However with gardening, the predominant risks are cuts and grazes to the hands and face from thorns and hand tools. Although a scratch or graze might seem insignificant, the tetanus bacteria can live in soil and enter the body through the smallest of cuts, so gardeners should keep their tetanus protection up to date by having a tetanus jab every 10 years.
Unless ingested, most poisonous plants and or nettles only create mild skin irritations that are temporary and the golden rule is to wear gloves and the correct clothing when carrying out work with these type of plants.
Manufacturers instructions and the correct PPE should always be followed when dealing with chemicals such as Glyphosate or lime, and storage considerations should be taken to prevent others getting access.
Dangers from power tools include cuts and lacerations from blades, teeth and moving parts as well as hearing loss and the danger of vision impairment and other strike injuries caused by debris and stones been ejected by moving parts.
Heat stroke and sunburn also need to be a consideration especially on sites where there is no shade.
What H&S does a gardening company need?
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.
Introducing safe working practices but not telling your staff is just a paper exercise. Ticking boxes to win tenders. Training your staff on new working practices often doesn’t require any formal instruction as it’s usually about imparting knowledge form one person to another.
Imagine a scenario where gardening gloves need replacing for chemical resistant gloves for handling petrol and glyphosate. You don’t have to bring in an outside training body to get this information across. All you need to do is tell your staff, which can be done in many ways, including verbally or handing out safety fliers, putting notices on relevant containers or handing out the new risk and method statements.
The use of online training for such things as manual handling and slips trips and falls is a good idea though because of the high accident rate both of these risks are responsible for.
Table of contents
Table of contents for gardening package:
Risk assessments for:
- 01) gardening and maintenance
- 02) hedge cutting, strimming and lawn mowing
- 03) manual handling
- 04) pressure washing
- 05) Risk awareness for areas where asbestos could potentially be discovered
Method statements for:
- 06) fencing
- 07) hedge cutting, strimming and lawn mowing
- 08) pressure washing
COSHH assessments for:
- 09) brick and patio cleaner - Acid
- 10) brick and patio cleaner - Eco
- 11) Glyphosate Weed Killer
- 12) petrol
- 13) two stroke oil