The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires every employer to provide whatever information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of employees. Providing health and safety information and training helps you to ensure employees know how to work safety, develop a positive health and safety culture and meet your legal duty to protect your employees.
What is a method statement?
Is a written document that demonstrates that all risks and hazards have been identified and evaluated. The statement explains in detail how work will be undertaken and all necessary control measures. Sometimes method statements require more information such as plant test certificates, COSHH assessments, training records and protective equipment. Method statement is called “safe system of work” under employer’s common law duty of care.
What is a COSHH assessment?
COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation. Under the regulations employers are required to control hazardous substances to employees at work. A COSHH is a legal requirement and should comply with current labelling regulation, which is Classification, labelling and Packaging Regulations in the UK.
Construction phase plan
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 a construction phase plan is required for every construction project, which is foreseeable that more than one contractor will be working on the site.
Health & safety policy
All organisations employing five or more employees must have a written Health and Safety Policy statement. Describing how they will manage health and safety in business, let employees and others know about their commitment to health and safety. This will be your health and safety policy. It should It should clearly say who does what, when and how.
How to write a risk assessment
Risk assessment is a logical examination of a task or activity in order to identify all significant hazards, persons might be harmed, evaluate the level of risks and existing control measure, introduce new remedial controls by following the “hierarchy of control” where possible, record the findings and review the assessment.
Generally, any equipment or tool, which is used by an employee at work is covered by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).
Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury. Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The term ‘musculoskeletal disorders’ covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back.
Health & safety plan
As part of your business activities you may be asked to provide a detailed plan of works by a Client or Principal Contractor.