What are Health and Safety
Method statements are documents that detail exactly how to carry out work safely.
The purpose of method statements is to describe the safety precautions to put in place to control risks identified in the risk assessment. They detail the equipment to use during projects, and the control equipment and PPE required to keep workers and site visitors safe while tasks are ongoing. Each task is broken down into steps, and the method statement assesses the hazards involved in each step before describing exactly how to control hazards and mitigate risks.
Why do you
When an employer has carried out the mandatory risk assessments of the health and safety risks to which employees and others may be exposed to, it is good practice to compile a method statement. Although not specifically a legal requirement, a method statement can help comply with legal requirements as it helps to provide detailed information and instruction.
Employers that operate in industries such as construction, demolition and engineering, have legal duties under health and safety legislation such as: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASWA), The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR), The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), Working at Height Regulations 2005 amended 2007 (WAHR) and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM).
Method statements are particularly important in the construction industry because many everyday tasks involve high-level risks. Workers use dangerous equipment, work from heights, and are often exposed to hazardous materials. Injuries in the construction industry are common, and the fatal injury rate in this industry is three times higher than the all-industry rate. But with method statements, construction companies can make sure control measures mitigate risks and protect workers, site visitors and members of the public from harm.
Method statements are incredibly important when it comes to the health and safety of projects, particularly in the construction industry. These documents are used alongside risk assessments to make sure certain high-risk tasks and activities involved in a project are safe.
We complete Safe systems of work otherwise known as method statements to most organisations that help to implement a safe step by step process to complete a task.
We can create bespoke method statements in a logical sequence illustrating exactly how a job is to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks to employees health. The method statements will include all the risks identified in the risk assessment and the measures needed to control those risks.