Method Statement Template
More and more contractors are being asked by their clients to produce a method statement
as part of their Health and Safety documentation or for larger projects, under the CDM
A Method Statement is a document detailing how a particular task or activity will be carried
out. It should detail the possible dangers/risks associated with your particular part of the
project and the methods of control to be established, to show how the work will be managed
Safety method statements
A method statement is, fundamentally, a written safe system of work, or series of safe
systems of work.
Method Statements are agreed between:
a client and principal contractor; or
a principal contractor and contractor,
and are produced where work with a foreseeable high hazard content is to be undertaken.
A method statement should specify the activities to be undertaken on a stage-by-stage
basis and the precautions necessary to protect site operators, the client's employees and
members of the public who could be affected by site activities. In certain cases, method
statements may be produced and agreed between a client and principal contractor for a
range of high risk activities prior to commencement of work.
What goes into a Method Statement?
Whilst there is no standard format for a method statement, the following aspects may need
working systems to be used;
arrangements for access e.g. to roofs;
methods for safeguarding existing structures;
structural stability precautions, e.g. temporary shoring arrangements;
arrangements for protecting the safety of members of the public;
plant and equipment to be used;
health protection arrangements, such as the use of local exhaust ventilation and
respiratory protection, where hazardous dusts and fumes could be created;
procedures to prevent local pollution;
segregation of specific areas; and
procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements under, for instance, Control
of Noise at Work Regulations; Work at Height Regulations; Control of Lead at Work
Regulations; and Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
Method Statement Template PDF
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