Risk Assessment Method Statement (RAMS) - Guidance and Template

While method statements are not mentioned in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 or other legislation, employers are required under Section 8 to provide “systems of work that are planned, organised, performed, maintained and revised as appropriate so as to be, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health”. Additionally, Section 19 dictates that every employer shall identify the hazards in the place of work under his or her control, and that they assess the risks presented by those hazards.

The Construction Safety Partnership has developed this guidance and template. The development of the RAMS is a 3 step process while the template is broken into 8 sections.

3 Steps to develop a RAMSRAMS Template - 8 Sections

Top Tips for Creating a Risk Assessment Method Statement

  • local conditions, hazards and associated risks are identified, and appropriate control measures are put in place,
  • the RAMS is reviewed and amended as it is a live working document,
  • if there are any significant changes to the systems of work,plant and equipment or training requirements etc. that they are reflected in the document,
  • workers are briefed and consulted, and
  • all stakeholders sign off on the RAMS before starting work.