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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