Everything you need to know about Method Statements

By | September 21, 2011

Method StatementA Method Statement is a key part of the development of larger construction projects. The Method Statement details how a particular task or activity will be carried out, referring to CDM regulations and it forms part of the health and safety documentation compiled as part of a project. The Method Statement should detail the dangers or risks within the project and its development, including how each with be dealt with and handled, all monitoring and control and how the work will be carried out safely.

The Safety Method Statement

Method StatementAt its core the Safety Method Statement details safe systems of work relating to a particular project. Since 1974, the safe system of work has being a legal requirement for the planning of a construction project.

The document is a written form of agreement between the client and the principal contractor, or between the principal contractor and a contractor. On some sites, the Method Statement must be completed before work can begin on the site.

Risk Assessment

The Method Statement is drafted after a risk assessment has taken place of the project and the site. The risk assessment details any particular hazards, work of high risk and any materials to be used. Once each of the hazards or potential issues is identified, the Method Statement details the work to be undertaken, broken down into stages and lists the precautions undertaken on site by all of those affected, including workers, members of the public etc. If the work conducted is particularly hazardous, removal of asbestos for example, the Method Statement must be agreed before work begins.

Site Specific

There is no set format for a Method Statement. Elements often believed important to consider include; working systems, access throughout the site, particularly if roof access is required, the public and site access, plant and equipment to be used, health protection and welfare arrangement, a pollution risk, legal requirements like noise regulation and disposal of lead as well as if any training is required.

While required to be site specific and relating particularly to a construction project, contractors can receive support in drafting and producing a checklist for a Method Statement. Companies exist in providing templates for Method Statements, ensuring the contractor needs only to produce the form by filling in specific information, relating to the risk assessment. These templates often cover a wide range of projects from interior and exterior jobs, covering a variety of practices. Usually sent remotely, the template provides a useful framework from which to complete the Method Statement.