A ‘Method Statement’ is a term that is predominantly used to describe a document that gives specific instructions on how to safely perform a work related task, or operate a piece of plant or equipment.
A method statement is a useful way of recording the hazards involved in specific tasks and communicating the risks and precautions to all parties involved.
It is law to have a written Safe System of Work in place if you employ 5 or more people. Once implemented a method statement coupled with a risk assessment can function as your safe system.
Typically a method statement will include;
- Contract details
- A breakdown of what is needed
- Sequence of works
- Tools needed
- Details of those doing the work
- Significant hazards presented
- Details of dangerous substances
- What to do in the event of an emergency including location of medical provision
They need to be both site and job specific, some advisors believe that a method statement should be written for every risk highlighted. This is not the case however the method statement should be sufficient for the works being carried out.
Contact C2 Safety to find out how we can work with you to write your method statements tailored to precisely reflect what you do, and how best to safely operate.