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Writing a Method Statement

A Method statement is a logical, step by step guide to completing a job or task in a safe manner.  The method statement ideally should be developed before the work is carried but after the risk assessment has been carried out.  The Method statement will address any hazards identified in the risk assessment and detail the control measures required.

The method statement is a ‘live document which is regularly reviewed as the work progresses to ensure that it takes into consideration any changes in working practices, conditions or unexpected occurrences.

Method statements are usually required for high risk activities and it is important that the document is thorough, clear and easy to understand.

Every employer has legal health and safety responsibilities and they must provide a safe place of work, Employees also have legal responsibilities as they must take care of themselves and others.

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations there is a requirement for every employer and self-employed person to carry out a risk assessment but there is no specific mention of method statements.

Although method statements do not get mentioned in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and are not necessarily required for every work activity, they can help you as a company comply with legislation.  Method Statements can be used to plan work, instruct and inform those who will be carrying out the work and provide information to others (Principal Contractors, Clients, Customers etc.).

What should a method statement include (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Name of the company
  • Date completed
  • Name person completing Method Statement
  • Address work will be carried out and location on site
  • Start and completion dates
  • Site Manager/Supervisor contact details
  • Name of persons carrying out the work
  • Work procedure and control measures
    1. Sequence of work
    2. Access provisions
    3. Security
    4. Plant and equipment
    5. Safety precautions
    6. Occupational health precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment required
  • Competency requirements (e.g. IPAF, SMSTS, CPCS, CSCS etc.)
  • Management Arrangements
    1. First Aid
    2. Welfare
    3. Monitoring
    4. Emergency Arrangements


Method Statements are an effective way of providing information to employees about you expect the work to be carried out and what precautions they need to take.  The most effective method statements will include diagrams or photos showing the various steps to follow, making it very clear how it should be carried out.

If you would like help to develop your method statements do not hesitate to contact CoreGenic for a free, no obligation consultation.

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