Below are the key features for writing a method statement correctly:
Section 1 - Titles: This is the section of a method statement which details what the document is based on. The name of the task e.g. removing a bathroom suite The company name The name of the project that the document was created for .
Section 2 - Start of Works: This is a section dedicated to explaining the do’s and don'ts you need to consider before even starting the task. Usually, as standard, the first line of a method statement instructs the reader to read any relevant risk assessments and COSHH assessments before continuing.
Examples of other instructions in this section would be :
- Corner your work space to make sure it is safe from other workers
- Put up signage in your work area to indicate the work being done
- Check your tools for any faults Inspect your work area for any safety issues
Section 3- Method for carrying out the task: This section needs to be detailed enough to explain each step of the task but clear enough so that anyone can understand and follow it without too much confusion. For example, ‘peel off any silicone sealant from around the bath edging using a hand scraper’. This is detailed enough to explain what needs to be done with what tool but not too complex to confuse the reader. The final instruction in this section is usually related to clearing the site you have been working on and safely tidying away any tools to ensure nobody gets injured after you leave the site.
Section 4 - Signage: This is the section of the document which legally validates it. Document author - the person responsible for health and safety Signature Date the document was written For a more detailed explanation of how to write a method statement health and safety document click here.
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