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Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS)

The risk assessment

The process of identifying hazards and characterising them, analysing the risks, reducing their impact as far as possible and establishing a means of controlling risks that remain.

The method statement

This should be the logical outcome of the risk assessment process. Residual risks identified through carrying out the risk assessment and the precautions necessary to control them will need to be incorporated. The method statement should contain sufficient detail to enable everyone involved in an operation to be clear about what has to be done, where and with what. Also hazards arising from the work and the precautions that have to be taken and by whom. For this reason the method statement is sometimes called a ‘safe system of work’.

Risk management is an essential element of creating and maintaining a safe working environment, whether it be in the office or on site.

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