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Essential Documents for Safe Systems of Work

A Tips & Advice book about... 

In a nutshell

This book is what you need to play it safe in all your work-related tasks. Easy to understand and implement, it gathers over 100 stripped back to basics method statements and safe systems of work. It’s fully up to date with the latest rules and legislation and includes 25 newly created method statement documents. Crammed with practical, hands-on information, this book is sure to cut the risk of accidents and mean that tasks are undertaken efficiently.

In detail

To take the risk out of certain work-related tasks, you need to spell out in writing how your employees should complete them safely. This highly readable book is here to help. It breaks down a job or safety procedure into bite-sized chunks and skilfully guides those completing a job - everything from starting out to clearing up is detailed.

It's split across two easy-to-navigate sections:

  1. Method statements
    • For all construction and maintenance-related work
    • Covers a job from start to finish so nothing is left to chance
  2. Safe systems of work
    • Breaks the task down
    • Identifies all associated risks so it can safely be completed
    • Covers everything from the use of hand tools to general building maintenance work

In short, this book helps your business stay on the right side of the law whilst keeping your employees safe and productive.

We've created this Tips & Advice book especially for... 

Business owners, employers, health & safety staff, company directors and supervisors that want to:

  • Keep their employees safe and productive
  • Play it safe in all their work-related tasks

You'll get the following free extras with this Tips & Advice book... 

An online service with ready-to-use documents

  • To immediately apply our advice and solutions in practice
  • That you can easily adapt to suit your own requirements

In this Tips & Advice book you'll read about...

Chapter 1 - Method statements

Aluminium partitions

Amtico flooring

Appliance installation

Asbestos demolition survey

Bath installation



Cabinet installation

Celotex - concrete slab floors

Celotex insulation installation - ground and walls


COSHH adhesives

Demolition - soft stripping


Electric matting underfloor heating

Electric wire underfloor heating

Electrical first fix

Electrical second fix

Excavations over 1.2m

Excavations under 1.2m

External cladding



Flat roof - felt and bitumen

Floor screeding

Flushing and disinfection of new hot and cold water systems

Foam filler

Foul water drains

Garden preparation

Gutter and downpipe installation

Handling and stacking of materials

Hot water underfloor heating onto solid screed subbase

Installation of felt and batten

Installation of external windows and doors

Installation of sliding/patio doors

Installing copper pipework

Installing MMMF insulation

Kitchen sink and tap installation

Laminate flooring

Paint stripping (using a heat gun)

Paint stripping

Painting and decorating - emulsion

Painting and decorating - gloss

Painting and decorating - hanging wallpaper

Painting and decorating - spray painting

Pedestal basin installation

Pitched roof tiles and slates


Rebar installation

Reinstating excavations

Removing Artex

Removing cement sheets


Roof joists

Shower tray installation

Site signage

Soffit and fascia installation

Solid wood flooring - concrete subfloor

Solid wood flooring - with underlay

Stone worktops

Storage of chemicals

Storage of chemicals - flammable substances

Supply pipes, service pipes and unvented hot water systems

Temporary hoarding erection

Temporary shelving

Tiling - floor

Tiling - walls

Timber frame installation

Timber partitions

Traffic routes

Wall cabinet installation

Wall tile cutting

Waste separation

Waste separation and removal

Water-based paints

Welfare set-up

Worktop installation - laminate

Chapter 2 - Safe systems of work - Processes

Car park traffic marshalling

Changing vehicle wheels

Charging fork lift truck batteries

Checking vehicles for roadworthiness

Cleaning external windows

Clearing gutters

Clearing snow and ice by hand

Commercial kitchen cleaning - general

Connecting and disconnecting a 3.9kg butane cylinder

Connecting and disconnecting a 7kg-15kg butane cylinder

Connecting and disconnecting propane cylinders


Dealing with suspicious packages

Disposal of broken glass

Disposal of sharps

Draining vehicle petrol tanks

Driving a fork lift truck

Handling gas cylinders

Inspecting metal extension ladders

Machinery maintenance

Manual handling - team lifting

Moving heavy objects

Office cleaning

Office moves

Portable appliance testing

Power isolation

Removing asbestos cement debris

Replacing machinery guarding

Riding a quad bike

Safe use of garden chemicals

Setting up display screen equipment

Site waste disposal

Storage of hazardous substances

Toilet and restroom cleaning

Tradespeople visiting homes

Use of potentially hazardous substances

Working in lofts and roof spaces

Working on flat roofs

Working on fragile roofs

Working on pitched roofs

Safe systems of work - Work equipment

Abrasive wheels


Bench-mounted drilling machine

Fire extinguishers

Floor buffing machine

Hand tools



Metalworking lathe - general

Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)

Oxy-acetylene welding and cutting equipment

Petrol-driven strimmer

Petrol-driven chainsaw

Petrol-driven hedge-trimmer

Petrol-driven lawnmover

Power-operated crosscut saw

Pressure washer



TIG welding


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