I’ve been asked for risk assessments and a method statement by a client. Why?

I’ve been asked for risk assessments and a method statement by a client. Why?

On occasion, a client may ask to see your risk assessments or method statements as a way of assessing how safe you are when carrying out your work. It is in a clients’ interests to protect the premises on which you are working, as well as their own staff and business. If the safety of other staff is dependant on how you carry out your work on-site, it is understandable that a client would want to know exactly what you are doing so they can be confident in your ability to act safely.

Firstly, it’s important to mark the distinction between a risk assessment and a method statement. A risk assessment is a document which identifies the hazards of a particular premises, material or activity and the measures that should be taken to minimise these hazards. From the risk assessment, a method statement is produced that details how a particular task should be carried out on a specific premises.

You are most likely to be asked for risk assessments or method statements by commercial clients who may have staff on site at the same time as when you are carrying out your work. You are far less likely to be asked by a domestic client as they have no staff on site, but there is still potential for them to ask, and HSE inspectors can visit any site to check your working practices, commercial or domestic, so it is good practice to have them anyway.

For more information, or to book a Free Review of your Health & Safety arrangements, call Jonny on 0844 8797286.

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

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