Risk assessment procedures boost for building services contractors announced by the ECA

Enhanced risk assessments are now available for free to Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) member companies following a major upgrade to the ECA’s ‘e-RAMS’ online service.

As a result of the new upgrade, ECA members can now use e-RAMS to carry out ‘quantified risk assessments’ which allows levels of risk to be estimated numerically.

Other new features include enhanced method statement templates, an ability to add company logos to printed risk assessments, an option to upload useful pictures to the method statement and a streamlined process for producing and printing the reports.

The ECA’s director of business services, Paul Reeve, said: “This major upgrade, much of which responds to user feedback during 2015, will allow users to choose between a basic or a quantified risk assessment. Plenty of clients and major contractors look for quantified risk assessments and so, with the new improvements, we expect e-RAMS to be even more useful to members.”

The new e-RAMs service is the latest addition to ECA support for firms to meet the requirements of commercial clients and Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs). The service has already been used by hundreds of ECA members to produce risk assessments since it was launched in January this year.

Paul Kent, company director at Kent Electrical Contracting Ltd, said: “The e-RAMS service provided by the ECA has saved my business time and money and is a vital tool in managing our Health and Safety obligations.”

Steve Whiteman, contracts manager for CHS Electrical Ltd, commented: “e-RAMS is certainly a more integral part of our company’s day-to-day operations now and, to be honest, we welcome it with open arms.”

Andrew Tyrer, managing director of Cox & Tyrer, explained: “In consultation with our H&S external auditor we have been using e-RAMs and it has met with client approval.”

*Further information on e-RAMS is available here

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