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Risk assessment and method statements (RAMS)


A half-day instructor-led classroom course, aimed at employees and managers responsible for writing and reviewing risk assessments and method statements, and for managing contractors who do undertake practical tasks in the workplace. 

 A risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Risk assessment is the methodology that underpins all decisions about health and safety.

The governing legislation is the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which require all employers to carry out an assessment of risk by a competent person. This course examines what is meant by risk assessment, the basic principles of risk assessment, and the HSE’s recognised five-step approach to successful risk assessmentas part of an overall safe system of work.

A method statement describes in a logical sequence exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner, as required by the risk assessment.

Outline and content

The course enables you to identify risks to employees in the workplace and put together assessments to ensure that they do not result in injury.

Ideal for managers, supervisors and operatives in all industry sectors.

Learning outcomes

  • The definition of hazard and risk, and the different hazard categories
  • The five-step risk assessment process
  • Qualitative vs quantitative risk assessments
  • The impact that an individual’s perception of the world has on their calculation of risk
  • Hierarchy of risk control
  • The general principles of prevention from the management regulations
  • Typical format of a quantitative risk assessment form
  • The relationship between risk assessments, method statements, safe systems of work and permits to work
  • Typical questions to consider when reviewing RAMS
  • Contractor selection, training and management
  • Specific issues to consider during contractor projects



Course length

1 day.

Up to 12 people.


No formal assessment.


International Workplace certificate of completion.