Method Statements are essential in the preparation of construction and demolition.  It has been a legal requirement since the introduction of the Health & Safety at work Act 1974 to provide safe working procedures.  Whether tendering for work, protecting employees or protecting the public there is now a great emphasis placed on recording safe working methods.

A method statement is a document that details the way in which a work task is to be carried out. The method statement should identify the hazards involved and should include a detailed guide on how to do the job in a safe manner.  The method statement must also include the control measures which have been introduced to ensure the safety of anyone who is affected by the tasks involved.

A method statement is always site specific and is generally agreed between the Client and the Principal Contractor or a principal contractor and another contractor.  The method statement must be written by a competent person who is familiar with the work to be carried out.

What should be in a method statement?

Normally you would expect to see the following included:

  • Sequence of events check list
  • Procedures of work
  • Site risk assessments
  • Fire risk assessments
  • Work at height assessments
  • Task risk assessments
  • CoSHH assessment

Any other documents such as site induction and vibration log sheets