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