CHAS introduces eRAMS risk assessment service for contractors and maintenance teams

An all-new electronic service which allows contractors and maintenance teams to create, amend, store and print activity-based risk assessments, along with method statements and construction phase plans, is now available on the open market. The eRAMS service has been released by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) as one element of a partnership with the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) that aims to support effective Health and Safety management in contracting and other organisations. 

The new service follows in the wake of extensive consultation and field testing with hundreds of contracting companies and clients. eRAMS provides customers with maximum flexibility when creating key Health and Safety documents, whether for internal use or to meet the requirements of client or assessment schemes.

The service is suitable for a wide range of contracting and maintenance activity, with eRAMS’ features including concise risk assessment, method statement and CPP e-templates, activity-based risk assessments for a wide range of contractor and maintenance activities, an ‘auto text’ option to help end users provide essential risk assessment information, a choice of (numerical) risk assessment matrices, a facility for adding company logos to printed risk assessments and also a facility for uploading pictures in support of both risk assessments and method statements. 

Paul Reeve, the ECA’s director of business services, explained: “eRAMS is designed to deliver fast and 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.”

Darren Price, director of West Midlands-based contractor and ECA member Goodwin and Price, added: “eRAMS is remarkably user-friendly. A number of our clients have already told us that our risk assessments and method statements are some of the best that they’ve seen from a contractor.”

*eRAMS is entirely free to ECA members. For non-members, prices range from around £100 to £375 per annum (depending on company size/CHAS affiliation). Prices are available on request via www.chas.co.uk/our-services/membership-services

CHAS was created in 1997 to improve Health and Safety standards across the UK.​ In partnership with the Association of London Government, CHAS was a key developer of the core criteria held in the approved Code of Practice which supported the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (now recognised as CDM 2015) and is a founder member of Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).

As one of the founders of third party accreditation, CHAS isn’t only a trusted advisor on Health and Safety compliance. It’s also an authority on the matter. The organisation sets industry bench​marks, provides assurance and reassurance and offers Best in Class services that are both easy to use and cost-effective.

More than 900 public and private sector client organisations and 70,000 contractors are currently registered on the CHAS database.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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