What is a Method Statement

What is a Method Statement

A method statement, sometimes referred to as a safe work method statement or a safe work procedure, is a part of a workplace safety plan.
It is predominately used in construction 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. In many countries it is law to have work method statements, or similar, in place to advise employees and contractors on how to perform work related tasks safely.

The statement is generally used as part of a safety induction and then referred to as required throughout a workplace, they should outline all the hazards that are likely to be encountered when undertaking a task or process and provide detailed guidance on how to carry out the task safely.

What is a Method Statement
Method Statement

Whats included in a method Statement:

The method should contain, but not limited to the points below and outline clearly the method of works;

  • Contractor name
  • Method Statement ref.
  • Date method statement prepared
  • Person who prepared method statement
  • Date work planned
  • Expected duration of work
  • Supervisor responsible for the works
  • Full time person in charge of works
  • Contact numbers for supervisor
  • Location of planned work – floor level, room, etc.
  • Persons involved in the works – names, trades, etc.
  • Training requirements
  • Detailed scope and step by step activities for the works
  • Plant and equipment to be used in the works
  • Materials to be used in the works
  • Permits required for the works
  • Safe access and egress routes to / from the works
  • Segregation of persons from vehicles and other moving equipment
  • Underground services
  • Overhead services
  • Working alongside/co-ordination with other contractors and activities
  • Emergency procedure/s
  • Assembly Point
  • First Aid
  • Out of hours working
  • Working at heights
  • Use of harness or other fall arrest systems
  • Working close to open or leading edges
  • Access to restricted areas such as roofs, chambers, tanks, pits
  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Hot works, firewatch, fire monitoring
  • Environmental considerations such as spillages, etc.
  • Use of chemicals or other substances
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Elect/Mech lock out / tag out
  • Moving equipment
  • Confined spaces
  • Control of delivery/collection operations for materials, equipment and services.
  • Temporary works design and certificate
  • Risk Assessment of all hazards, with appropriate control measures
  • All lifting appliances with SWL and certificates


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