In the construction industry, it is paramount to prioritise the safety of both workers and the public. Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) are essential to achieve this goal. These comprehensive H&S documents provide a detailed overview of the potential hazards associated with a construction project and outline the specific methods and procedures that must be followed to minimise or eliminate these risks. Although we often associate RAMS with Risk and Method Statements, they are more encompassing than just these two types of documents, as the term is more often used as a substitute for a company health and safety file. The health and safety file should include whatever H&S documents a principal contractor or the CDM regulations require. The list of documents is as extensive as the principal employer demands and may consist of.

  • Lone worker policies.
  • Company H&S policy.
  • Modern slavery policy.
  • Equality and diversity policy.
  • Equal pay policy.
  • Staff training records.
  • Environmental policy.
  • Induction records.
  • Safety permits.
  • Work in confined space documents.
  • COSHH Assessments.
  • Toolbox talk matrix.

The list of H&S documents is not set in stone. It changes and evolves to suit current situations and highlights specific attitudes on which a principal contractor may base their values. This dynamic nature of H&S documents underscores the need for continuous learning and adaptation in the construction industry. So, some principal contractors will insist on equal pay policies, and others won’t. Likewise, COVID-19 policies essential in the early 20s are now largely redundant.