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Risk assessment service launch announced

14 September 2017

An electric service to allow contractors and maintenance teams to create, amend, store and print activity-based risk assessments (RAs), method statements (MSs) and construction phase plans (CPPs) has been launched.

Created by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment (CHAS) scheme in partnership with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), eRAMS is designed to support health and safety management.

The ECA reports that the launch follows extensive consultation and field testing with "hundreds of contracting companies and clients".

It has also been created to provide maximum flexibility when creating key health and safety documents, says the ECA, for both internal use and meeting the requirements of client and/or assessment schemes.

The association says that eRAMS is therefore suitable for a wide range of contracting and maintenance activity.

Features include:
Concise RA, MS and CPP e-templates;
Activity-based risk assessments;
Auto text option;
Choice of risk RA matrices;
Ability to add company logos to printed RAs;
Facility to upload pictures in support of both RAs and Mss.

ECA director of business services Paul Reeve described the service as delivering "fast, flexible activity-based risk assessments and method statements for all sorts of contracting and maintenance activity.

"It comes with a 'quick start guide' which allows users to start producing practically useful documents within minutes," he said.

It is available free of charge to ECA members and costs range from between £100 and £375 per annum for non-members, depending on criteria such as company size and CHAS affiliation.

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