A method statement sets out how a particular process will be carried out. It is commonly used to describe how construction or installation works will be carried out safely and will detail the possible dangers and risks associated with the project. Risk assessment findings will generally be incorporated into the method statement.
Following the completion of a risk assessment we also compile a method statement to further control the work activity, the statement will include: –
- Working systems and methods of control to be used.
- Arrangements for access e.g. to fragile surfaces.
- Methods for safeguarding existing structures.
- Structural stability precautions, e.g. temporary shoring arrangements.
- Arrangements for the safety of members of the public.
- Plant and equipment to be used.
- Health protection, such as the use of local exhaust ventilation and respiratory protection, where hazardous dusts and fumes could be created.
- Procedures to ensure compliance with legal requirements under, for instance, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, Control of Lead at Work Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
- Any training needs for contractors’ employees and the use of competent persons, and be brought to the attention of all employees who undertake the work.
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