Expert Round up: Risk & Method Statements (RAMs)

Risk & Method Statements (RAMs) are a vital part of a safely installed sign, here at SignFab (UK) Ltd our in-house Health & Safety Manager, Jason Standley and our Installation Manager, Alan Hill work closely with clients to assist them in fully understanding their specific projects.

We use the word a lot in modern society, but what actually is a Risk Assessment. Jason, our Health and Safety Manager sheds some light on it; “A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have enough precautions or whether you should do more.”

Jason continues to tell us that “a method statement varies differently from a Risk Assessment, the method statement “describes in a logical sequence exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks”. Method Statements are of most use to higher-risk, complex or unusual work, such as signage projects

Let’s have a look at some examples of how producing a sound Risk and Method statement can really help you, and your clients;

  • You are commissioned to install a totem sign, at a retail park. You work with your team, and undertake the necessary groundworks. During the groundwork taking place, you strike a sewage pipe, leading to unexpected costs resulting in £1,000s of damage to you and your reputation. Taking time to undertake a Risk and Method Statement (RAMs) would have identified this potential risk, with suitable actions being taken.
  • You are commissioned to install a sign across the side of a warehouse, you undertake a survey and identify that you need a lifting platform. The Risk and Method Statement (RAMs) showed that if you used the lifting platform you identified, it would block 4 fire exits in the warehouse. Undertaking a Risk and Methods Statement (RAMs) would have highlighted the need of using a different type of access equipment.

It’s okay, you’re not alone when you hear the word, risk assessment or method statement the average sign maker gets a chill-down their spine, but that doesn’t have to be the case, our in-house team of business professionals and sign makers are here to help you.

Alan, our Installation Manager will work closely with you to understand your needs, and expectations.

Contact us today to find out more, and the costs involved.

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