Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS)

Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS)

Risk assessment involves you identifying hazards in your workplace. You must then evaluate these hazards to determine if they present a risk that could harm someone. If there is a risk, you must explore and implement ways of eliminating or mitigating the risk.

RAMS are documents companies create after they conduct risk assessments. RAMS documents contain details of the hazard as well as a step-by-step safe working guide that employees, contractors, and others can follow. As a result, RAMS have more detail than risk assessments.

What Are RAMS and How Do They Differ from Risk Assessments?

RAMS stands for Risk Assessment Method Statements. Safety method statements are most often found in the construction sector and are useful for higher-risk, complex or unusual work such as the use of hazardous substances. Method statements are widely used in the construction sector as a means of controlling more specific health and safety risks which usually will have been identified following a risk assessment. It would generally include things such as lifting operations, demolition, working at height and the use of plant. The aim of a method statement is to help manage the work and ensures that relevant risks and the necessary precautions have been communicated to those who they attain to.

Why Do You Need RAMS?

RAMS are helpful for providing important information to employees about how the work should be done and the precautions to be taken, as well as providing the principal contractor with information to develop a health and safety plan for the construction phase of a project.

As with risk assessments, safety method statements aren’t critical; however, it is essential to make sure that risks are controlled, and it is of benefit to workers to have knowledge of potential risks and how they can be controlled. The main benefit of a method statement is to assist those carrying out the work to do so safely. This is why safety method statements should primarily be clear and not overcomplicated so they can be easily understood.

How to Use RAMS

If during your risk assessment you notice a risk that cannot be eliminated you should ideally have a RAMS document in place. When completing your RAMS there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure you include the original risk assessment as part of the document.
  • Ensure you include details of your first aid provision.
  • Include details of supervisor, equipment and anything which may be relevant to the task.
  • Prepare a detailed, step-by-step guide based on how to perform the task safely which covers every detail and step in the entire process.
  • Make sure that everyone who is or may in the future be involved in said task gets a copy of the document. This is one of the most important steps and can easily be forgotten about, but it is the main reason you should do a RAMS.

A RAMS document is only relevant and useful if it used how, it should; updated regularly and given to the relevant employees to ensure they fully understand how to carry out tasks safely.

Risk Safety Services will analyse your working processes and will write specific bespoke Risk Assessments and method statements (RAMS) for your business, to reduce the risks involved. You will then be able to comply with the needs of your clients and the CDM regulations.

For more information on how we can help you with your RAMS, contact Risk Safety Services Limited on Tel: 0343 523 0410 or Email: info@risksafetyservices.co.uk

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August 21, 2021

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