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. 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 statement will be used as a means of controlling specific risks; i.e. working at heights, lifting operations etc. Anyone associated with the task should be made aware of the planned process, potential hazards and controls involved.
So what will your 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
- Details of other necessary safety measures – e.g. ear protection, occupational health protection, fire protection, manual handling, chemical handling, etc.
- Sign-off area for the supervisor and personnel involved.
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