What is a Method Statement?
A Method Statement is a document that sets out the way in which work that involves potential hazards will be carried out in the construction industry. The statement must be completed prior to the commencement of Construction works.
It will display the processes to be carried out during the works. The work method statement will be used as a means of controlling specific high risk assessment; i.e. working at heights, lifting operations etc. Anyone associated with the task should be made aware of the planned process, potential hazards, risk assessments, and control measures involved to provide a safe system of work.
So what will your method statement include?
Your Method Statement will typically include the following:
- Details of contractor, client, and project
- Scope of works
- Sequence and method of works
- Site set-up
- List detailing heavy plant and power tools to be used
- Relevant permits, and access/egress arrangements
- Risk assessment
- Details of other necessary health and safety documents and measures – e.g. ear protection, occupational health protection, abrasive wheels fire protection, manual handling trainig, chemical handling, etc.
- Sign-off area for the supervisor and personnel involved.
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