Risk Assessment and Method Statement - RAMS
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Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS)
›   Introduction
A 'Risk Assessment and Method Statement' (RAMS), is a safety management document required for activities where there a significant safety risks. A RAMS must be activity-specific and not generic.

The 'Risk Assessment' identifies safety control measures that form the basis of a safe system of work and the 'Method Statement' is a written record of that safe system of work for a specific activity developed from the relevant risk assessments. Together they form the RAMS.

RAMS are only required for activities with significant risks. All managers, supervisors and team leaders with staff who are involved in activities with significant safety risks, need to ensure RAMS are developed for these activities.

›   Forms
This Risk Assessment template can be used as a guide for doing a systematic risk assessment. You may wish to tailor it to meet the unique needs of your work activities.

This Method Statement template can be used as a guide for doing a Method Statement for activities with significant risks. The template is designed to be tailored to be activity-specific and to reference any systematic risk assessments for tasks which are part of the activity.

›   Developing a RAMS
If you are a manager, supervisor or team leader with staff who are involved in activities with significant risks, you need to ensure risk assessments are completed for the tasks which form part of these activities and there needs to be Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS) for these activities.

Using the Risk Assessment and Method Statement templates will provide a guide for developing a RAMS. However, RAMS need to be activity-specific and consider unique aspects for the individual activity such as location and adjacent works. Using 'generic' RAMS are not acceptable.

›   The benefits of a RAMS
The benefit of a RAMS is that it provides clear information and instruction to staff, provides a standard by which the work can be monitored and enables lapses in the safety standards to be identified.

A RAMS also enables managers to ensure the resources necessary to do an activity safely are to hand and that everyone knows what to do in an emergency situation. This contributes to a safer site by ensuring everyone is aware of areas of risk where accidents may happen and the actions required to prevent them from happening.

›   RAMS as part of the broader Risk Assessment processes
The diagram below illustrates where RAMS fit within broader risk assessment processes of an organisation. If RAMS are done well, this creates a solid foundation for staff to carry out dynamic risk assessments effectively.

›   More Information on Risk Assessment
RAMS are one component of the overall risk assessment process at UCL Estates. For more general information on risk assessments for safety at Estates, go to Risk Assessments.
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