The rule of thumb for H&S requested by principal contractors is often be expanded to areas such as lone worker policies or equality and diversity policies which we don’t include in this RAMS pack.
Additionally if you employ over 4 people you will need a company H&S policy by law. Again this is not included in this package, and this is because this policy is not specific to H&S for any particular contract, instead it is a general policy that sets out how your company manages H&S and who is responsible for what.
The core documents that are needed are:
Risk assessments: These are documents are a legal requirement, and assess a task for potential hazards and the likelihood of them occurring. If risks are found then control measures are documented that either eliminate the risks or bring them down to acceptable levels.
Method statements: These are not required by law, but usually need to be provided at a principal contractors behest and they list the order of works and any safe working practices that need to be followed.
COSHH assessments: These are a legal requirement and show the work exposure limit, hazards to health and environment, first aid and fire fighting measures of substances that are used or that people may come into contact with in the workplace.