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  1. Blaspark
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    Blaspark New EF Member

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    Hi

    I want to start my own business doing fairly standard electrical installations and testing.

    Does anyone know of a reference for administrative stuff I'll need such as complaints book, risk assessment templates.

    I know that competent person schemes provide some of this stuff but was hoping to find a complete list more than just what they want.

    Not interested in accounting stuff since I'm doing that separately and cash basis accounting isn't so complicated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    These schemes will provide these templates; think you can download them without being a member:

    Elecsa - ELECSA for Contractors - https://www.elecsa.co.uk/Contractors/Useful-Documents.aspx

    What else are you after?
     
  3. Blaspark
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    Blaspark New EF Member

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    Thanks for your reply.
    The only other thing I can think of is an accident book since I'll be working in public spaces and someone might get injured.
    I still think they'll probably be more though maybe that would be more if I have employees or am working with a sub contractor.
    Maybe a formal way to show that they've received advice on all relevant risk assessments, that sort of thing.
     
  4. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    How many employees will you have?
     
  5. essex
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    essex Trusted Advisor

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    A spreadsheet with the title ‘accident book’ will be fine.
     
  6. Blaspark
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    Blaspark New EF Member

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    Midwest - only temp staff but under my insurance.

    Essex - I'm aware info can be stored in a spreadsheet. What I'm after is more a template of the info I should keep. An accident spreadsheet would contain meta data, I suppose, like date of accident, names of witnesses etc. A template for all that based upon some actual legal experience would be useful. Have you seen something like this?
     
  7. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Your responsibilities are for employees; for subcontracted staff you would have different responsibilities. For example your accident book.

    If your joining a scheme, gets some guidance from them; get them to work for your fees.
     
  8. essex
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    To be honest I think you are asking too much. You are basically asking for a complete guide to setting up a business from scratch and for others to provide you with all the documents.

    Starting a business is a tall order especially if you have employees, be them temporary, permanant or subbies they will fall under your umbrella.

    I would suggest doing some research and at least coming back with some examples of what you have so we can bounce ideas of oneanother.

    If you are not capable of writting your own risk assessments I would recommend doing a short online so that you can. Getting generic ones is all well and good but you must be sure they are fit for purpose.

    Things like accidents books do not need to be anything fancy. A simple spreadsheet with the info in is more than enough. Complaints book can be exactly the same.

    Confirming those working for you have been properly briefed is very important. A decent set of RAMS will usually have a signnoff sheet so that people can confirm they have been breifed on that days risks.
     
  9. Blaspark
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    Blaspark New EF Member

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    I'm not asking for a complete guide. I want a more complete version of the link that Midwest kindly shared.

    I don't need everything relating to business or a guide to formatting a complaints book rather a list of the relevant nouns that will be part of admin of an electrical contracting business eg rams, complaints book etc.

    I suppose these things are quite general to all businesses but I think there's stuff relevant to the trade. If you own a restaurant you should keep a record of your checks of fridge temperatures at regular intervals. I don't suppose I'll need to be doing that but some specific industry things I'm probably still missing. The fact that no one has pointed them out is encouraging I suppose.
     
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