Where a risk assessment tells you what the risks are and what the control measures will be.
Method statements tells you how to complete the work, and in what order.
A method statement will set out the work in a logical sequence.
What is a method statement and risk assessment?
A Risk Assessment will highlight the significant hazards and control measures required to prevent injury or ill health whilst carrying out the task and will provide details to add to your method statement document. You will also hear many people refer to risk assessments and method statements as RAMS.
What is a generic method statement?
A generic risk assessment provides a good basis for the on-site Risk Assessment that recognises the site specific conditions and addresses them.
Why do we do risk assessments?
Risk assessments are very important as they form an integral part of an occupational health and safety management plan. They help to: Create awareness of hazards and risk. Identify who may be at risk (e.g., employees, cleaners, visitors, contractors, the public, etc.).
What is a Rams assessment?
RAMS. So, generally a risk assessment is undertaken to identify (and where possible eliminate) risks, and then a method statement is prepared to control residual risks. They are sometimes described together as ‘RAMS’.