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Risk Assessed Method Statements (RAMS)

Risk Assessed Method Statement (RAMS) or Safe Systems Of Work (SSOW) or are documents companies create after they conduct risk assessments. These documents contain details of a 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

Risk assessments identify, quantify, and then control risks and Method Statements describe detailed steps on how to complete the job and avoid the risk identified in the risk assessment or how to do the job safely!

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 both state that and the employer has a legal duty of care to their employees and requires them to provide suitable Instruction, Information, Training and Supervision in order to protect the Health, Safety and Welfare of their employees.

As with Risk assessments, Risk Assessed Method Statement (RAMS) or Safe Systems Of Work (SSOW) should be reviewed every 12 months OR if the procedure or tools for a task change OR after an incident or accident. The review will check the controls in place and the step by step method to undertake the task is still sufficient to minimise or eliminate the risk

RAMS are a key component in helping ensure that the right people, with the right skills, work to the right method statement, in the right place, at the right time. This is how we prevent avoidable incidents and ensure that people get to go home safely at night. If you do not have some form of Safe System Of Work then your employees could be at risk of injury (or worse).

YES! Failure to protect your employees from harm when at work is in breach of the Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 and you could possibly face prosecution as a result.

Yes! There is a template and guidance to help write a Risk Assessed Method Statement (RAMS) or Safe Systems Of Work (SSOW) as well and hundreds of ready written examples that you can choose from and make minor alterations to so they represent your own personal RAMS.