What is a Method Statement and How do I Write One?
Method Statements, sometimes called a ‘safe system of work’, are documents that detail the way in which tasks should be completed to adhere to safe working practices.
Why are Method Statements important?
Method Statements are an essential document and most used in the construction sector to look at what control measures businesses have in place. From more mainstream work, like a building project to air conditioning installation, Method Statements play a part across so many sectors and situations.
The main aim of a Method Statement is to ensure that the right, responsible person is appointed, and more importantly, the safety of anyone who could be affected by any work taking place is prioritised. It also gives a clear schedule to all those involved, including any special measures. For example, if any part of the building needs to be closed temporarily or if power needs to be isolated.
Businesses that can showcase high levels of quality safety measures and provide Method Statements are often viewed more favourably. This then gives you a competitive edge in the tendering process resulting in more business for you in the long run.
Why you need a Method Statement
Method Statements are frequently requested as part of tender processes to gain an insight into your organisation and the way you operate. It’s your opportunity to show how you’ll provide goods and services in a safe and high-quality manner.
Writing a Method Statement may seem like a daunting task, but this article will guide you through the process and enable to you to approach Method Statements with confidence.
The first section of your Method Statement document is the header information and should be used to provide information to your staff or prospective clients. This section might include:
- A title e.g., Work Method Statement or Standard Operating Procedure
- A brief description of the work to be carried
- Your company details (logo, name, address etc.)
- Start date and completion date
- Site address
- Site contact details including emergency details
- Document author, Health & Safety contact
- Document number, issue date, revision date, revision number etc.
Section 2 is a summary of the main hazards that are present and the control measures that must be implemented as a result.
List the Personal Protective Equipment that must be worn from your risk assessment and includes it here along with any Environmental or Quality procedures that must be taken during the task.
Section 3 is used to describe the task in more detail:
- Staff & training
- Permits to work
- Machinery shutdown and lock off procedures
- Site Access and Egress
- Material Handling
- Scaffold & Access to height
- Background and preparation
- Welfare and first aid
Finally, section 4 is the step by step guide and used to explain in detail the steps that must be taken if the task is to be carried out safely. It’s important to include all relevant details in the order that you expect them to be carried out.
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