FORS Bronze requirement ‘M8 Health and Safety’ repeatedly appears as one of the top reasons why members fail their Bronze audit. To help avoid failure, make sure you evidence that a Health and Safety policy and all risk assessments or method statements required for your operations are in place.
Under requirement ‘M8 Health and Safety’ of the FORS Standard version 5.1 there are eight operational and driving at work risks listed. At audit, you must evidence that those risks are assessed with control measures documented as a procedure, risk assessment or method statement. Failure to provide ALL of the required risk assessments or method statements could result in overall audit failure.
If you are a small operator, you may be able to demonstrate verbally that you meet some of the FORS Bronze requirements. A small operator is an organisation with fewer than five vehicles and fewer than five employees.
Use the M8 Checklist to ensure you have covered all mandatory risk assessments.