Method statements are a type of health and safety document that details the steps (method) required to carry out a job safely, and to control the risks identified. When it comes to ensuring building site health and safety, the importance of method statements are key. Method statements are also prepared for many other construction activities and are proven to be an effective and practical way to help plan, manage and monitor construction work, and to also take account of a company’s health and safety organisation and training procedures and may include arrangements to deal with serious or imminent danger.
Who writes Method Statements?
All Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) should be written by a Health and Safety specialist who is a competent person, familiar with the process being described. The statement must be as simple as possible to avoid any misinterpretations that could result in injury. Everyone involved in the work should read it, understand what is expected of them and follow the measures that are in place to keep them safe.
When should you write a Method Statement?
You should write up method statements before the tasks or activities they refer too are completed – but after the completion of risk assessments.
What should a Method Statement include?
Your method statement should include a few important items, such as:-
- The project
- The activity
- Date of assessment
- Hazards (or reference to relevant risk assessment)
- Work procedure and control measures. Sequence of work. Access provisions. Security and safety of others. Techniques
- PPE requirements
The documents also need to be reviewed and rewritten whenever tasks are carried out in a new location or using new equipment.
The difference between Risk Assessments and Method Statements
Risk assessments and method statements are two of the most common types of health and safety documents. When carrying out an activity, one or both of these documents might be required. A risk assessment is a legal requirement, while a method statement is not, they are however, identified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as being one way of satisfying the requirements of the regulations and as an effective means of assessing risks, managing risks, collecting workers’ views and briefing workers.
Once a risk assessment has been done, a method statement usually follows, using all the information gathered at the assessment. A Method Statement refers to the actual risk, with both documents complementing each other.
At Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy, 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 health. It includes all the risks identified in the risk assessment and the measures needed to control those risks.
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