Method statements detail in advance the nature of the work to be carried out and how it is to be done. This document is signed off by the client and then stands as an exact time line for the work to be carried out and the procedures use.
Method statements are ideal for minimising risk to work safety and risk associated with the failure of works and accompanying liabilities. A breakdown of a typical method statement structure is detailed below:
Project information includes the basic details including Project Title, Client, plus primary contact names for both parties with telephone numbers for easy reference. This is followed by the Site Address and Location of the Work Area.
Summary of Work and Hazards
Basic details of work and associated hazards. For example:
- Modification of Control Room Steels
- Working at Height
- Hot Works
General list of items to be covered from a project perspective such as:
- All operatives instructed and agree to follow method statement
- Relevant risk assessments for the job read by all
- All staff aware of emergency site assembly points
- Hold points confirmed
- All parties sign statement
- Permits issued and confirmed, staff experience/qualifications confirmed
- Site access confirmed
- Contractor's Site Management role agreed
- Note to stop all work if considered dangerous in any way
Notes on contingency plans in the event of a range of incidents across a sliding scale.
- Emergency contacts
- Minor Personnel Injury
- Serious Injury
- In The Event of a fire
- Other Emergency details
Access Control and Permits
This section lists the requirements for access control to the area and any permits required. For each task, operatives must sign that permit and sign a general permit to work if required. Examples include:
- General Permit to Work
- Hot Work Permit
- Confined Space Permit
- Plant over 110v
- Demolition Permit
- Excavations (where shoring required) Permit
- Other Permit (Specify) eg Clients Scaffold
Personal Protective Equipment
All Personal Protective Equipment listed in the risk assessment must be worn for the works associated with the hazards indicated.
Preparation and site set up
Hold points determined, for example:
- General Risk Assessment and Permits to work must be issued and signed for prior to work
- Site supervisor brief site personnel on work to be carried out, inform them of identified hazards & working restrictions
- All personal to sign in and out of area and on to the method statement
- Hot work permits to work must be issued and signed prior to work
Specific actions to be carried out including assignation of site supervisor, work area to be cordoned and sheeted off, method of transporting tools onto site, use of scaffold, method for removing existing steel and new welding works and much more.
This is the most detailed section which covers the exact details and time frame of the work to be carried out.
Steps for completion such as:
- Clear all tools and equipment from site
- Remove all waste and dispose off or specified on site skips
- Sign off hot permits and return
- Leave area clean and tidy
- Contact client for approval
Method Statement Sign On
All personnel that will be associated with the above works must read, understand and agree to abide by the requirements of the method statement and accompanying documentation, they MUST sign the form below before they are allowed onto the site.
Full list of main contacts with positions, trades, dates and signatures.
the steps above are typical of most method statements and do not include the separate risk assessments that are carried out. Each method statement is written by CAS for the job at hand and details exactly the nature of the work to be carried out.
Method statements are not always required. To find out more about how we undertake these statements please feel free to call.