HEALTH & SAFETY
We applaud any member of our team who does not proceed with a task because they believe it is unsafe to do.
By working to Public Health England requirements on hygiene and social distancing, we are operational and open.
Better safe than sorry
Here at Ramscapes we passionately believe in keeping everyone safe and well – our employees, our customers and members of the Public. But how many times have you heard that said quite glibly by others? Well we put our passion into practice and make sure that we operate as safely as possible. Some people understandably believe that gardening is an everyday activity that we all do and therefore we shouldn’t demand safety standards any higher than we might use at home. Well if you’re a Company engaging a contractor to undertake gardening work, you must satisfy yourself that they are a Company that works safely – after all, if they don’t the consequences could be unimaginable. Whilst any contractor can present you with an insurance certificate that shows they’re covered if an accident should happen, surely that is the LAST thing you’re interested in and not the first? You need to know that they take safety seriously.
When you’re thinking about engaging the services of a Company to undertake your gardening or landscaping services, make sure you ask them to show you examples of the following which shows they have approaches to working safely that have been well considered and thought through.
Health, Safety & Environmental Policy. If they have 5 or more employees, by law, they must have a current Health and Safety Policy, clearly signed and owned by a Senior Manager in that organisation.
Site Hazard checklists – any site owner should take their own safety responsibilities seriously and if any contractor plans to undertake work on your site, you should make them aware of any possible hazards – especially those that may be hidden from view. If you knew for example, that you had some buried electrical cables just inches from the surface, you’d want to let the gardeners know.
Risk Assessments – Once the contractor has the site hazard information, they should then be able to complete a set of risk assessments for your scheme.
Method Statements – A site specific Method Statement should then be compiled by your contractor and proposed to your designated site owner for their review. The contractor should sign this document as well as the client. The Method Statement is the prime document that should be referred to by both parties to ensure compliance with it.
Method Statement Review – If the site changes it’s layout, new hazards have been introduced, new equipment or methods developed or it’s simply been some time since the Method Statement was produced, there should be a review undertaken between the Contractor and the Client.
COSHH Assessments – It is likely that your contractor will use herbicides and pesticides and therefore it is a legal requirement, where the chemicals are hazardous (however minimal), that the contractor should have undertaken COSHH assessments and produced method statements for their use. Similarly, those applying the chemicals should be holders of PA1/PA6 certificates.
Safety comes as Standard with Ramscapes
Other Safety Questions you should be asking of your gardening services contractor:
We’re proud to be CHAS accredited (The Contractors Health And Safety Assessment Scheme).
“It is a non-commercial scheme available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers”
Please visit the CHAS website, for more information www.chas.gov.uk