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Method statements are documents that detail the way in which tasks should be completed to adhere to safe working practices.
But how do you write them? What tasks do you need them for? And how do they help you win business? Not sure? Not a problem. That’s what we’re here for.
Method statements demonstrate that you’re doing things safely and legally, which can give you a competitive edge when pitching for projects.
Better yet, they can save you time and money too, by giving you an accurate and up-to-date overview of your internal processes and projects, whilst planning timescales to keep on budget.
We really do understand that method statements are probably just one of many items on your long ‘to-do’ lists, and finding the time can be a struggle – and that’s why we want to help.
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Although method statements are predominantly used in the construction sector, that’s certainly not to say they aren’t needed in other areas. From the more mainstream work – like a building project, to installing CCTV or instating a marquee, there’s a time and a place for method statements in many industries.
The primary aim of a method statement is to ensure the right, responsible people are appointed and, more importantly, the safety of anyone who could be affected by the work. It also gives a clear schedule to all those involved, including any special measures – like if any part of the building needs to be closed temporarily, or if power needs to be isolated, for example.
Method statements are commonly requested by businesses during the tender process, so that the company in question can see the way you operate and that you have sufficient safety competency and experience for the job at hand.
So, how does all of that benefit you? Well, often (albeit not always) businesses that can showcase high levels of quality safety measures are seen more favourably, which can give you a competitive edge in the tendering process. The end result? More business for you!
The components of a method statement can be broken down into 10 sections, which are:
1. Method statement intent and introduction
2. Location of works
3. Description of works and appointed people
4. Plant and equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
5. Related documentation and assessments – including relevant training records
6. Location and protection of any services/facilities affected by works
7. Foreseeable adverse effects and their control
8. Safety precautions
9. Monitoring systems
10. Further information/observations.
Method statements are your declaration of a safe system of work. Although it’s not a requirement that they’re shared with people working on the project, as they provide a clear plan of work, it certainly wouldn’t do any harm. Risk assessments, however, must be clearly communicated.
Your method statements will predominantly be requested off clients whom you’re bidding for work off – this could be both during the tendering process and the construction phase.
You may have heard the acronym RAMS thrown about – this stands for risk assessments and method statements, and that’s because a risk assessment should precede your method statement.
Your risk assessment(s) will then form your method statement – it’s worth mentioning that multiple risk assessments can be needed for a single method statement.
In layman’s terms, your risk assessments identify the hazards and control measures needed to complete tasks safely, and then your method statements demonstrate the details of your safe working practices.
Method statements fall under the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and are seen as one way of meeting your duty to assess, manage and communicate risks.
Working at height, demolition, dismantling, use of plant, installing equipment and lifting operations are just a few activities that might require a method statement for construction businesses.
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We’ll work with you and your managers to find areas in need of method statements, we’ll help you fill in the forms, and we’ll be on hand – day and night – to answer any questions. And that’s just for the method statement side of things.
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